Date:Monday March 26 2007
Could Blackburn Rovers become the next Football Club to be purchased, and maybe by an overseas Sugar Daddy?
With the wave of new investors into Premiership clubs increasing all the time Blackburn Rovers Football Club could be one of the next subjected to such a move.
Chairman John Williams has confirmed that the club has received some interest from parties (so from the sounds of it more than one group are looking at the club!) possibly interested in taking over at Ewood Park. Speaking in the Lancashire Telegraph Williams said:
"We clearly set out our stall when we made the board changes a couple of years ago saying that new investment - or a new owner - was on the agenda.
"It's not the sort of business where you hang a 'For Sale' sign out, and the pressure for selling has also changed.
"We have had a number of expressions of interest, both from home and abroad, and there have been preliminary meetings.
"But, ultimately, that decision will come down to the trustees, who are the shareholders. As I said, to move the club from here to the next level is going to need a very serious investment and that would take a very special type of owner.
"Blackburn Rovers would be available if the right quality of owner, in terms of financial clout and wishes for the club, were to step forward. It is difficult for the seller to demand of a buyer 'you must do this, and you must do that'.
"But I think the current owners realise they have a duty of care to the club. By the same token, they also realise that everything moves on, and it might be time for them to move the club on.
"However, they would want to do it in a way that was right for the next generation of fans. There has been interest and preliminary discussions have taken place, but we haven't gone any further than that as yet."
Rovers could, if the are even taken over at all, fall into the hands of an overseas backer which Williams doesn't see as being a problem. He added:
"I don't think nationality itself is an issue. I think it's more about the quality of the purchaser, and the direction in which they wish to take the club."
In an ideal world (but it is FAR from ideal as we all know) this would happen and would happen with Rovers being taken over by someone similar to Uncle Jack, but he was one of a kind really wasn't he.
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Date:Monday March 26 2007
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