Out­side in­vestors am­bi­tion for board

Rochdale Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

SOURC­ING out­side in­vest­ment is one of the top pri­or­i­ties for new chair­man An­drew Kil­patrick’s board of di­rec­tors at Rochdale.

Dale have sur­vived in League One by de­vel­op­ing and sell­ing play­ers for a num­ber of years and while that model has stood them in good stead, the board are now look­ing at fresh ways they can en­sure the club is able to com­pete with richer ri­vals.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive David Bot­tom­ley said: “The am­bi­tion of the new board is to find a way to bring out­side in­vest­ment into this club be­cause to sur­vive on the model we have had for a long time, pro­duc­ing play­ers from the Academy and sell­ing them, is great to point but the big is­sue is that it’s very rare a League One or Two club ever sells to the Premier League.

“The best you are go­ing to do is sell to a Cham­pi­onship club and the best you are go­ing to get is some­where be­tween nought and £750,000, and then you do your sell on clauses, which means if that player goes from a Cham­pi­onship club to a Premier League club, you are go­ing to make money.

“But you are not sell­ing play­ers for mil­lions and mil­lions of pounds be­cause Premier League clubs don’t take a chance on clubs out­side the Cham­pi­onship be­cause they can buy from Europe.”

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