* September 16: Doug Ellis puts Aston Villa Football Club up for sale.

* October: Villa's share price rocketed by more than a quarter after the club confirmed moves from what was thought to be a Russian consortium.

* October: Ellis announced at Annual General Meeting that the club was "proceeding with an initial inquiry" that he hoped to conclude within a month.

* October: Reports surfaced that Irish brothers Brian and Luke Comer were behind the bid, which was being fronted by lifelong Villa fan Michael Neville.

* December: Villa released a statement to the Stock Exchange which said that no firm offer had been made and Ellis put the search for potential buyers in the hands of bankers Rothschild.


* January: Michael Neville insisted his deal was still on the table, although it was making "extremely slow progress".

* July: A 'players statement' emerged criticising Ellis for lacking ambition which led to manager David O'Leary leaving Villa "by mutual consent".

* July: Neville finally tabled an "indicative offer".

* July: Speculation mounted that Randy Lerner was considering moving in on the club. However, a deal between the US billionaire and Ellis appeared to have stalled days later.

* July: Other contenders battling to take control of Villa emerge, including Nicholas Padfield QC, fronting the AV06 consortium, and Athole Still, the agent of former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson.

* August: Fans favourite Martin O'Neill named as Villa manager.

* August 14: Lerner's takeover bid accepted by Villa, ending the Ellis' era at Villa Park.