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The Source Of The Gazette Story
The Gazette has published a story today concerning the sale of Blackpool Football Club. The story was based on two interviews. Note well any discrepancies between the published story and the source material. ____ indicates when the conversation went off the record.

Interview 1:

Letter One:

Hi Matt,

The questions you have posed to me are in the main impossible to answer without giving away my identity which serves no purpose at this juncture. That said I’ll answer as best as I can, maybe add in some talking points that need to be in the public forum and put in parenthesis the real answers that you can’t print or discuss with others in any way, shape or form. _____

1. How long have you been in talks with Karl and what stage are they at? What is Friday's deadline for?

Karl was approached in October of 2017 with an expression of interest into the future of the club. _____ Since that time and running contrary to what has been stated in the High court our repeated requests for relevant financial information in order to do due diligence have not met with success. This basically makes an investment from anyone and anywhere impossible to secure and with another significant amount of money due from the owners to their former partner in less than a month hard to fathom. _____

My stepping into the public eye is entirely due to the lack of response that has been afforded to us as modesty aside the huge amount of work needed to make the impossible, possible cannot be done in a matter of days and I honestly believe we are one of two best options for moving the club forward.


Why do you want to buy BFC?

That’s an interesting question. A genuine lifelong fan from a family of lifelong fans. When my first son was born my first picture with him was in a 53 cup final shirt. My family was good pals with Morty and we’ve got tangerine in our DNA but financial backers share none of that history. For them, as with me, it is a business and we play to win on and off the field. The only way the club can progress is with the support of the town and the council. I can tell you right now that BFC is a tough sell. At best, it’s a museum piece in a has been town and no financial analyst believes the crowds will come back or that Blackpool can compete at the “top table” of English Football. My job is to overcome any objections and to provide a compelling vision of how with sound management Blackpool Football Club and the town of Blackpool can both flourish together if they work together. We are at a watershed moment in Blackpool’s history. The current scenario at the club presents a final opportunity for the fans and the non-supporter stakeholders in Blackpool to make lemonade from lemons.

Are you a football supporter? What is your link to Blackpool?

Think I covered that above Matt.


If you do buy the club, what is your blueprint for the future? How far can you take them? Will you be involved on your own



I cannot answer your question fully as I will not speak for others. And if our bid was successful we are talking about myself and an active investor partner. My blueprint for the club is to make Blackpool the best small club in the world and the world’s favorite second club. This is possible if we manage our resources well on and off the pitch and brand accordingly. Britain is a mature marketplace for football but football as a sport is the world’s fastest growing sport with huge potential for growth in the U.S., China and other areas around the world. I believe we can accomplish that. I also believe that in time we can make Bloomfield Road a 30,000 seat/stand stadium and that we can maintain a presence in or around the premier league. That is far beyond the imagination of many but to me it's a reachable target based on meeting scaleable goals. We have no magic wand, no inexhaustible money tree. We will build on a foundation of sound fundamentals. If you look at the history of Blackpool FC one can see a near unequaled conveyor belt of talent that has been sold on to bigger clubs and success as a club achieved against all the odds. Our job is to build on that heritage by implementing plans that seek to nurture and sustain excellence.



This involves learning from our peers Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth, Aston Villa and our fiscal betters Liverpool, Manchester City and United. What are they doing right? What can we copy? What can we do better? What can we learn from our investors country’s approach to football? For example, Bournemouth is building a new training facility which not only nurtures current talent but also attracts future assets to the club. Liverpool under Houllier developed a new training facility and that has been further upgraded by Klopp, what can we take and scale to our needs? Investment will always be made in a prudent manner that maximizes returns. A football stadium is only used 25 days a year so that stadium must be used for other purposes to increase revenues.

One thing I can state for all of us is that data will be an important asset in determining our moves in the transfer market. We will not be a rehabilitation center for other club’s players or a final payday for players past their sell-by date. We will be a great club for young players to learn their trade and older players to improve their game. We will not stagnate on or off the field and anyone who isn’t as hungry as us and prepared to work as hard as us in pursuit of excellence will be shown the exit doors.

As far as Mr. Bowyer’s position goes we are huge believers in the powers of loyalty, a unity of purpose and stability. We would prefer to establish we’re all on the same page, get rid of deadwood from the playing staff and then sign the players that the manager deems necessary to get the club promoted.

How much are you willing to pay for BFC? What do you think it's worth? And what is the asking price

We are willing to pay not a penny more than the club is worth. We covered this somewhat in an earlier answer. Sentiment plays no part in business.

The club in League one is worth nothing. Playing at a higher division will be the most significant driver of increased revenues (and also broadcasting income, which would increase from present £6-700k a year to £6-7 million in the Championship). Clubs in the Championship had an average wage bill of £23 million in 2016 which is substantially more than the current BFC budget in League one which in turn is much less than would be needed to reach and achieve a healthy existence in the premier league. This is why it is imperative that good management is in place behind the scenes at BFC.

This is also an area of caution for fans. The club could be sold “for parts” or even put into administration closed down and the land used for other purposes. It would be relatively easy for a Carpetbagger to ride into town secure the club and then sell the land for other purposes before riding off into the sunset millions of pounds richer. It is something I have to be distinctly wary of when seeking investors for this enterprise. I have no interest in that. My purpose is to build a club and revitalize my hometown.

As far as the asking price you will have to ask the Oyston family about that :-)

Has Karl shown any willingness to sell? It appears his father Owen would like to keep control of the club.

Well, I think the raison d'être of this interview speaks to the willingness of the owners to make a deal that benefits the club and the town. As for the second part of your question, I think if one matches rhetoric to actions or for whatever reason cannot match rhetoric to actions speaks to the truthfulness of your statement.


What is your background? What is your current occupation? Are you a wealthy businessman

Not pertinent at this time.


I'm sure you're aware of the conflict between the owners and the supporters. How will you go about resolving that?


We are not going to prolong divisions within the town or the club. Our job is to get the club into the premier league again. We will do that with hard work and as much transparency as is prudent to give. Fans will vote with their feet and their hard-earned money as to the success of our efforts. As for any past missteps by other people. “Not my monkey, not my circus” comes to mind. There are three things I would push for at board level in regards to the past.

1. A testimonial at Bloomfield Road for Brett Ormerod and Gary Parkinson. It needs to be at Bloomfield Road.

2. A new Morty statue the same size as the Armfield statue. The old statue looked nothing like Morty and why smaller than Armfield?

3. A public recognition for Tony Green at the ground. I won’t say why at this point but what he did for an ex-pool great was noble and as good as anything he ever did on the playing field.

As for fan involvement in the future? There’s no one size fits all answer to that. The club will regularly meet with fans and enlist volunteer fans to accomplish club goals. For example, there’s no reason why safe standing shouldn’t be implemented but where in the ground and as to what is the most cost-effective manner for doing so can be a fans project with management coming in to say thank you, verifying data and then implementing the plan.

Bonus Question:


Who should be doing what at this time?



Ha, that’s a loaded question if ever there was one.



1. Owners need to conduct themselves in a professional manner and release requested information to qualified buyers.



2. The council needs to be very clear as to its support for new ownership for the club, and underline the importance of the club to the prosperity of the town. See for example the Swansea study. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-w...s-20895147

Swansea City: Premier League 'worth £58m' to ... - BBC News
http://www.bbc.com
Swansea City's first season in the Premier League generated £58m for the Welsh economy, a new study claims.

Councilor Blackburn being a Blackburn fan and having had dealings with the current owners should recuse himself from the entire process. The council must be very transparent as to what it will and won’t do in regard to the club and its assets so as to discourage any potential carpetbaggers.



3. The fans need to determine a game at Bloomfield Road and ensure it is a sell-out affair. They must also generate national press for this undertaking. Gaughan at the Mail has done well but the coverage has been rather sporadic considering the ramifications for the long-term health of the game. Think of this as a P.R. effort to clear up misconceptions.

______
10-01-2018 16:57
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Letter Two:

Hi Matt,



Ok round two. I’ll answer as you presented the questions with the usual rule of anything in parenthesis is not for public consumption.


You say you are one of two best options for moving the club forwards. Who is the other party/individual? Valeri Belokon?

You are correct, the other party would be Valērijs Belokoņs and one could take that further in that the current owners' inaction in regards to other suitors coupled with the upcoming next court-ordered payment by the owners to Belokons will soon ensure that new ownership of Blackpool FC has become a one-horse race. In my opinion, the ongoing legal proceedings between Mr. Belokons and the Oystons changed once matters became public and personal. The matter should never have reached the courtroom. Now that it has and rather iron-clad judgements put in place Mr. Belokons has not only recouped his initial investment but also realized a sizeable profit which would offset risk if he decided to take the club forward.

What nationality is your investor? Do they have any links to Blackpool/England? Are they 100% committed to the venture?

Impossible question to answer. From my end, this deal would have been completed weeks ago and would have been with a successful investor from Dubai with offices in Singapore. He is my friend as well as a very successful businessman and it would have been perfect. Unfortunately, he has received some health news that has resulted in him liquidating all of his assets and putting all of his monies into a trust. The Oystons dragging their feet has ruled out American investment as the tax year has ended but one should never say never. Currently, people are actively looking for investment in China and the UAE but efforts are stymied by the Oystons’ lack of response ______

Are you looking for more investors?

This is not a question of looking for investors but rather in attracting the “right” investors. People who don’t want to asset strip but rather to build a business and understand the timeframe, structure, and investment needed to accomplish that objective. My answers to you off the record expanded on your question in a more detailed manner.

Have you been in contact with the council? When approached by The Gazette, Cllr Blackburn seemed overly reluctant to comment on the matter.

As answered in my prior letter in my opinion Councillor Blackburn has a conflict of interest being a Blackburn supporter and having had dealings with Karl in the past. He should recuse himself from all matters pertaining to BFC. We place “great stock” on having a healthy and accountable working relationship with the council. The club cannot be fodder for partisan politics. Rather it must be a beacon lighting the way to a more prosperous town providing better services to its residents. Off the record, councillors understand and agree with those sentiments. Only time will tell if that carries over to on the record when new owners are in place.

Is there any other way of proving your identity? As I'm sure you can appreciate, I'd be reluctant to publish such a significant story based on a couple of email exchanges. I'd be more than happy to arrange a Skype call, whenever is convenient for you.

I mentioned this to you Matt and now you’re presenting it as a fresh concept. :-) Sure Monday 5 pm ____ Please confirm this time/date works for you. ____

As a side note, in relation to your point about Blackpool fans selling out Bloomfield Road, I can't imagine that being possible. The boycotting fans have reiterated their stance of not returning until the Oystons have gone and will not do so under any circumstances. _____


The fans need to prove the analysts wrong and demonstrate to the council that being a champion for the club will be a voting issue. A full house accomplishes that. Yes, it’s one more payday for the Oystons but frankly, attendance is not the mainstay of finances for clubs nowadays television is the money in the modern game. ______
10-01-2018 17:11
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Seems Matt has done pretty much what you must have wanted

It's front page and pages 6-7 so prominent

I concur re Council

What I don't get is the position on fan engagement Seems ' wishy-washy' to me

After everything BFC fans have been through they need to be put at the heart of the process

The owner who does that will get their ' investment in the fans ' back by and more
10-01-2018 17:28
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If it is who we think it is then I can't see him being too fan friendly, he has shown in the past to be a fairly blinkered character full of his own self importance and not really one to listen to others, let alone compromise.
It could be just a wind up, the mother of all wind ups, anyway roll on 31st Jan, at least we will be one step nearer to closure, one way or another.
10-01-2018 18:06
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Quote:The fans need to prove the analysts wrong and demonstrate to the council that being a champion for the club will be a voting issue. A full house accomplishes that. Yes, it’s one more payday for the Oystons but frankly, attendance is not the mainstay of finances for clubs nowadays television is the money in the modern game.

Giving the Oystons any money is against everything the majority of fans have made unselfish sacrifices for. Not an acceptable option as far as I'm concerned.
Probably just an attention seeking wum anyway
10-01-2018 18:38
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I’m sorry, but, somethings just not fucking right here!!!

I can’t pin it but just too many small false hopes & bullshit. I desperately hope I’m very wrong.

Reminds me of my Boss, he dosent just dangle the carrot, he lets you eat the fucker whole sometimes, but you never progress, but you trust him more because he let you eat it a few times.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm???????
10-01-2018 19:28
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It's a call to arms

Selling out a club for a game doesn't mean everyone has to be on their best behaviour!

The buyer wants to prove that the club has a fan base to potential investors, right now the balance books look terrible, with the news that he is interested in buying, hell anyone is interested in buying, in his eyes should provide a spark, a catalyst. Remember when the club is sold that money from that game wherein it was a sell out needs to be in the club.

Is there a fan base still there, can they rally behind a call to arms to push the oystons even further into turmoil? Needs to be an unsuspecting game, one out of the blue and organised meticulously to ensure the owners don't see it coming.

Don't spend a penny on the ground,
Be vocal, sing, say and do what you want to make sure that anyone watching sees what they need to see.

Organise in secret, careless talk ideology, notify BBC, itv, all the news sources you can.
Local rival teams may even support you if you do it on an away day fixture, it matters to everyone. No one wants to see this happen to you, yes there is always banter in football, the hardcore but seriously hand on heart how many of you would love to see Preston, Blackburn, Burnley in the same position. We aren't talking about relegation, savouring that for what it is, is totally fine, it's everything else. No one not even the infamous nobber would have wished this on you.

The man looking to purchase the club isn't exactly right about American investment, yes it is the end of the year but that doesn't stop deals going through, Disney buying fox anyone....

It does stop money moving in the short while.

It's all about publicity and good faith.

Re reading one of the passages am I right that he has lost his backer and is now searching for another? Needs the books releasing to accomplish this?

BST could hit up international clubs, friends and partners ... Take for instance phoenix rising
Out of season
Working together "it's winter here and nice and cool" and a 3pm kick off in the UK is an 8am start here
Maybe if contact was made a big screen could be put up and the rising could stand in solidarity with you?
Watch the game at the rising stadium and with some magic provide vocal support to the home fans in Blackpool

"Just might have to send us some hymn sheets"

Or

Complete silence for 90minutes?

Whatever happens

I hope resolution is found soon
10-01-2018 19:41
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It really is amazing how often people misunderstand the very simple phrase Not A Penny More. It's not 'just a few pennies more' is it? Not one single penny. Ever.
10-01-2018 20:11
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Not

A

Penny

More
10-01-2018 20:27
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Sorry

I wasn't being ignorant to the Napm boycott

What if there was a situation in which the proceeds from said game were held in escrow by the football league?

Would it not be possible for the BST to arrange with the FA, potential buyer, Bolokin, to have ticket sales from that one match be sanctioned for the betterment of the club in the long run?
Give the oystons what they'd normally have recieved on a match day from an average of the last 10games prior at home and the retain the rest of the money in an account?

It's not the money the potential buyer wants! It's to see that the fans will grace the stands... That there is still viability!

I 100% understand the NAPM and I know own that it hurts so so many of you, personally I am not a frequenter of Bloomfield road and left quite some time ago.

If said circumstances could be in place
Would the fans turn up?
10-01-2018 20:58
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Well what you just wrote isn't NAPM because you mention giving Oystons money. Yes, if there was some scenario where money from a game could be ringfenced then that's different, but that isn't going to happen.

Personally, I don't see any reason a buyer needs to see one game sold out. It would be an unrepresentative sample size. We aren't going to sell out every home game under new owners, not a year, two years down the line. So they wouldn't learn anything. They'd be better looking at historical attendance figures and the club accounts.
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(10-01-2018 21:20)foggy Wrote:  Well what you just wrote isn't NAPM because you mention giving Oystons money. Yes, if there was some scenario where money from a game could be ringfenced then that's different, but that isn't going to happen.

Personally, I don't see any reason a buyer needs to see one game sold out. It would be an unrepresentative sample size. We aren't going to sell out every home game under new owners, not a year, two years down the line. So they wouldn't learn anything. They'd be better looking at historical attendance figures and the club accounts.

I think our fan base has taken a serious blow. When all this is over and we return I’d be surprised if more that 2k got added onto attendances.

Football is a hobby, one that relies on habit!
10-01-2018 21:32
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Foggy :
Agree with you but given the current owners predeliction for fantasy attendance figures and accounts that would need a forensic accountant to understand..that may prove interesting.
11-01-2018 09:47
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Well this guy sounds like a, ahem, character...
11-01-2018 11:46
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The only way to see if money can be ring fenced

Is to ask!

That's the point

BST could approach the fa and the efl and maybe even a solicitor to have an injunction of funds sorted

You would have to still hand over regular gate funds, that would more than likely be a stipulation because that's what the club would normally have took.

You don't ask you don't get

It's about effort and talking to the right people.
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