English Premiership

US consortium take control of Swansea

2016-06-05 12:24
Swansea City (AFP)

London - A consortium headed by American businessmen Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan has purchased a controlling stake in Swansea, the Premier League club announced on Sunday.

The deal, concluded after lengthy negotiations, will see Huw Jenkins remain in an executive role and charged with the day-to-day running of the club.

"Jason and Steve have vast experience in running sporting franchises in America," Swansea said in an official statement on their website.

"Jason is managing general owner of MLS side, DC United while Steve is the executive vice-chairman of the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA.

"Both see the takeover of Swansea City as an exciting opportunity for long-term growth in the club in every area."

Levien has also held roles at the Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers and also works as an advisor to Inter Milan majority owner and president Erick Thohir, who co-owns DC United with him.

It is understood that the American duo has acquired around 60 per cent of the club, which finished 12th, on 47 points, last season under new Italian coach Francesco Guidolin.

The deal is subject to official ratification by the Premier League.

The move is the latest in a spate of foreign investment in the lucrative English topflight with the biggest success story involving Leicester City.

Thailand's shopping magnate Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha paid 39m ($60m) for the club in 2010, overseeing the greatest rags to riches story in football when his 5,000-1 shots sealed the Premier League title last month.

Swansea's fellow Welsh side Cardiff were taken over by Malaysian billionaire Vincent Tan six years ago.

Relegated Aston Villa were the latest club to change hands when they were bought by Harvard-educated Chinese owner Tony Xia last month.

American interest in the Premier League is already well established, with Stanley Kroenke the largest stakeholder at Arsenal, John Henry owning Liverpool and the Glazer Family well embedded at Manchester United. Sunderland meanwhile are in the hands of Irish-American businessman Ellis Short.

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