Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis dies aged 94

Former Aston Villa chairman and life president Sir Doug Ellis in 2015. Mike Egerton - EMPICS

Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis has died at the age of 94, the English Championship club said on Thursday.

Ellis was chairman of Villa in two separate spells from 1968-75 and 1982-06.

A businessman who made his fortune in the travel industry, Ellis was nicknamed "Deadly Doug" due to his reputation for being quick to dismiss failing managers.

Ellis served on a number of Football Association and FIFA committees and sold Villa to American businessman Randy Lerner in 2006 but he kept his connection with the club as life president.

He was awarded an OBE in 2005 and a Knighthood in 2012.