David Dein the man for Arsenal?
April 12, 2010
Had you asked any gooner that question a decade or so ago, you may have been walking home with your testicles in a bag.
Now, you would get a barnstorming debate on the go.
Dein was forced off the board almost 3 years ago to the day, ironically enough, it was mainly due to his dealings with Stan Kroenke, who he introduced to the club and helped broker the sale of 9.9% of the ITV shares in the club that the American thus purchased.
Said American is now a firm favourite at board level, and more importantly, less than a dozen Arsenal shares away from a compulsory takeover bid for the club.
As the battle for ownership of our club moves into the final lap, following the announcement of Lady Nina sticking her 16% of the club in the hands of an independent brokerage, is Dein about to make a stealthy comeback?
The Uzbek is clearly not in it for the love of the club, he made that abundantly clear when asking for Shareholder dividends very soon after purchasing DD’s holding in the club.
So, as our man from the former Soviet Union has been left out in the cold, could it be possible Dein has been busy working a miracle in the background?
Find another stinking rich drug/oil baron, broker the sale of the 26% Fatty owns, plus the 16% his old chum Lady Nina owns, and trump Fizman, Kroenke et al.
Seems unlikely at the moment, as no rumours have been abound, as surely they would have been if he was seriously contemplating such a manoeuvre in the background… hold on to your hats folks!
Never say never.
I have nothing against Stan the Man, he runs his American sports franchises very amiably, and is certainly solvent enough, and maybe more so if he accepts an offer of almost £200M for his NFL side, the St Louis Rams.
But having the man, who originally purchased 16.6% of Arsenal back in 1983, back at the helm could be the vital missing link in taking us forward.
Peter Hill-Wood famously said at the time “some rich men like fast cars, yachts or racehorses, David likes Arsenal”
The man does not like Arsenal, he loves Arsenal.