Lerner raises doubts about future at Villa

The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- American businessman Randy Lerner has raised doubts about his future as Aston Villa chairman by saying he will address ''steady rumors of a sale'' of the Premier League club at the end of the season.

Villa released a statement on Sunday, in which Lerner said he was ''committed to the immediate job of limiting distraction and confusion'' as the club looks to secure its Premier League status.

Villa is 15th in the 20-team league, five points above the relegation zone with four matches left.

Lerner, who used to own the NFL's Cleveland Browns, bought Villa in 2006.