EPL side Aston Villa Owner Randy Lerner "delayed the sale" of the club "to concentrate on the season," according to Mason Levinson of BLOOMBERG. Lerner, who in May disclosed his intention to sell the team following a 15th-place finish, said in a statement that when he announced the sale plans he told team Manager Paul Lambert that "he would completely focus on the season if no agreement was reached by the time players and coaches returned for training." Lerner said, “While the sale process has been productive and remains ongoing, my priority at this point in the summer, heading into the upcoming season, is that the Villa organization’s sole focus be football -- undistracted by any sales process.” Villa begins Premier League play Aug. 16 at Stoke City (BLOOMBERG, 7/7). REUTERS' Keith Weir reported the asking price for Villa is in the region of £150-£200M ($257-$343M) and is "a test of investor appetite for middle-ranking Premier League teams." Villa finished 15th in the Premier League last season, "dangerously close to the relegation zone." They have hired former ManU midfielder Roy Keane to work as assistant to Lambert and fans "will be looking for signings to bolster the playing squad' (REUTERS, 7/7).
Ferrari F1 Team Principal Marco Mattiacci said after Sunday's British Grand Prix that the team will be a different one next year, "with changes already being made at Maranello," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Fernando Alonso "finished only sixth for the Italian team at Silverstone." Mattiacci said of the future of Ferrari Engine Head Luca Marmorini, "I don't want to point to any individual. We are redesigning the team, we are reinforcing the team. I don't make comments about individuals. We don't have to make any announcements. The best announcements are results." Reports in Italy last week indicated that Marmorini "had left the team" (REUTERS, 7/7).
Argentine first division side Independiente's new president is Hugo Moyano, who obtained 5,719 votes (69.44%) in an election held Sunday. Moyano, who represented the Independiente Group, will be the club's president for the next three years. Members also voted to make Nurhayr Nakis Independiente's first VP and Carlos Montaña its second VP (Independiente). TELAM reported 8,236 of Independiente's 61,000 members participated in the vote. Moyano and the Independiente Group defeated the Independiente Movement, which was led by Claudio Esposito and received 17.48% of the votes. A total of 162 positions were filled, including 22 on the club's Board of Directors, five on the Review Commission and 135 member representatives (TELAM, 7/6).