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Villa owner Randy Lerner puts club up for sale

American businessman Randy Lerner put Aston Villa up for sale on Monday after eight years in control of the Premier League club, saying he was drained by the “week-in, week-out battles.”

Lerner’s future plans have been the subject of intense speculation following another season when the central England club — the European Cup champion in 1982 — came close to relegation.

“I have come to know well that fates are fickle in the business of English football. And I feel that I have pushed mine well past the limit,” Lerner said in a statement. “I feel further that

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