Outside investors ambition for board
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.”