Expansion bidders eye Phoenix
WELLINGTON Phoenix are exploring the option of selling at least a partial stake in the club to one of the expansion hopefuls, as their A-League future appears doomed.
Under-siege Phoenix owners are believed to have held talks with two expansion groups in recent days about a sale with offers ranging from partial to a full buyout.
But the Kiwi club’s owners are leaning towards a “merger”, as they look to cash in before their A-League licence expires in 2020.
The South-west (Campbelltown) bid is believed to have held formal talks, with the consortium keen to become the ALeague’s next expansion club.
The Sunday Telegraph understands that any purchase below 50 per cent does not need to be ratified by Football Federation Australia, although the governing body could not confirm this.
Southern Expansion (the joint Sutherland-St George Illawarra bid) denied holding talks last week, but confirmed that they made an offer to buy Phoenix six months ago.
South Melbourne also made a play to buy Wellington 11 months ago.
South-west Sydney ALeague bid director Gino Marra confirmed he’d held talks with current clubs but refused to discuss Wellington.
FFA has previously announced that the A-League would expand by two teams in 2019-20.