- Jul 6, 2005
Brighton are owned by Tony Bloom, the Chairman of Starlizard, a Gambling Consultancy. He has put an estimated £250M in to the club to finance the new stadium and training ground.HC Green":2zwbme68 said:demportdave":2zwbme68 said:Show me one Premiership or Championship Club that has the Argyle model of ownership, i.e. a locally-based owner who could be described as a genuine fan of the club he owns and bankrolls. You will really struggle to find a Hallett-Brent situation at the levels we aspire to.
Too many Argyle fans are living in the realms of fantasy where they believe we can be successful by organic means. All very noble and if only that were the case, but the reality is that Argyle are no different to any other club at our level. We are doomed to be a League 1 club at best without serious investment from a wealthy benefactor.
In recent years Exeter have made literally millions from the sale of home-grown players yet their budget remains fairly modest and they are still struggling to get out of League 2.
Even if by some miracle from Adams we got into the Championship, we would almost certainly come back down immediately because we wouldn’t be able to compete financially at that level. Adams is always moaning about his League 1 budget, does anyone seriously believe Hallett and Brent could provide him with a competitive Championship budget?
Couple of examples:
Brighton & Crystal Palace
Bristol City & Norwich
Crystal Palace are jointly owned by multi-millionaire Steve Parish and 2 Americans who also own the New Jersey Devils of the NHL and the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. They each invested £50M.
Norwich are jointly owned by multi-millionaire Delia Smith and her husband and a guy who runs one of the biggest poultry businesses in the country, supplying all the major supermarkets. They have put millions into the club, both in good times and bad.
Bristol City are owned by Steve Lansdowne, a Bristolian who lives in Gurnsey for tax reasons because he is a Billionaire who is on the Forbes rich list. He bank-rolled the multi-million pound re-development of Ashton Gate.