Former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis has died on the age of 94.
Ellis had two spells as chairman of the West Midlands membership, with the second operating from 1982 to 2006.
After promoting the membership to American businessman Randy Lerner, Ellis turned life president.
When Villa had been relegated from the Premier League in April 2016 he informed the BBC he “could not be any sadder” and hoped to reside to see them return to the highest flight.
He attended Villa’s Championship play-off remaining defeat by Fulham at Wembley in Might.
Ellis was knighted in 2012 for his services to charity and has buildings named after him at each Birmingham College and Aston College after making substantial donations to each establishments.
He made his cash within the journey business and through his time in soccer earned the nickname “Lethal Doug” due to his fame for sacking managers who under-performed.
Throughout his 35 years as chairman he made 13 managerial appointments, together with making Slovakian Jozef Venglos the primary individual from exterior Britain and Eire to handle a top-flight membership in England in 1990.
In a press release, the membership mentioned they had been deeply saddened to study of Ellis’ dying and he had “dedicated his life to Aston Villa”.
A minute’s silence shall be held earlier than Villa’s subsequent residence recreation towards Swansea Metropolis on Saturday, 20 October.
‘To me you had been incredible’
Former Aston Villa supervisor Brian Little, who led the crew to success within the 1996 League Cup – the final trophy they gained underneath Ellis’ stewardship – posted on Twitter: “I used to be at all times taught to talk as you discover. To me you had been incredible. RIP Sir Doug.”
Ex-Villa striker Stan Collymore mentioned that Ellis had “made it potential to fulfil my dream of enjoying for Villa, one thing I will be eternally grateful to him for”, whereas former midfielder Ian Taylor mentioned Ellis had “performed a large half in our soccer membership” and was “Villa through and through”.
Mayor of Birmingham and Aston Villa fan Andy Avenue said: “Deeply saddened to listen to of the passing of Sir Doug Ellis. He was a person who was not solely the guardian of my soccer membership however was additionally an ideal philanthropist whose charity work was rightly recognised with a knighthood. My sympathies to his family and friends.”