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Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan Agrees Deal to Buy Fulham

Shahid Khan 600x338 Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan Agrees Deal to Buy Fulham

Fulham Football Club have been sold to Pakistan-born American billionaire Shahid Khan, owner of the NFL team Jacksonville Jaguars.

The deal has been approved by the Premier League. According to The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Khan paid Mohamed Al Fayed in the region of £150-£200million to buy the club.

The deal means that 30% of Premier League clubs are owned (or majority owned) by Americans. The other clubs being Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sunderland.

Khan’s estimated fortune is £1.7 billion. The majority of fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars are enamored by US citizen Khan who has built an entertaining product to watch in northern Florida. London is to central to Khan’s plans for the Jaguars. The NFL team has agreed to play four of their home games at Wembley for the next four years. And there have been rumors that the Jaguars could relocate to London to become the NFL’s first overseas team.

“My time of serving as the custodian of Fulham Football Club would one day come to an end, and I feel that time has now arrived,” Mohamed Al Fayed said. “The time is right because I have found a very good man in Shahid Khan to accept the responsibility and privilege that I have enjoyed at Fulham since 1997. Fulham will be in very good hands with Shahid, whose success in business and passion for sport is very evident. I ask everyone who loves Fulham and our Craven Cottage home to welcome Shahid as he begins his journey as the next guardian of Fulham Football Club.”

Khan added: “I was recently very fortunate to have been introduced to Mohamed Al Fayed, a man I respect and admire immensely for what he has accomplished in his life and – above all – what he has given others. Today, he is giving me the privilege and responsibility of serving as the next custodian of Fulham Football Club. I am extremely honoured to accept and want to thank him, on behalf of everyone who loves Fulham, for 16 years of exceptional service to the Club. Mr Al Fayed rescued the club in its hour of need and has led it to a sustained place within the Premier League.

“Fulham is the perfect club at the perfect time for me. I want to be clear, I do not view myself so much as the owner of Fulham, but a custodian of the club on behalf of its fans. My priority is to ensure the club and Craven Cottage each have a viable and sustainable Premier League future that fans of present and future generations can be proud of. We will manage the club’s financial and operational affairs with prudence and care, with youth development and community programs as fundamentally important elements of Fulham’s future.”

Al Fayed and Khan have scheduled a press conference for tomorrow afternoon in England.

Here’s the full statement from Mohamed Al Fayed:

“It has been a pleasure and privilege to be the Chairman of Fulham Football Club for 16 memorable years. I am now delighted to be passing this great and historic Club into the care and stewardship of an outstanding man who has already achieved much in his life and will, I am sure, take Fulham on to even greater things.

“By his hard work, vision and determination, Shahid Khan has become a living embodiment of the American success story. His achievements speak for themselves. I met him twice prior to our successful transaction this week and have been very favourably impressed.

“I pay tribute to the way in which he has already, while still young, made his mark in the world. For my part, I am glad to be placing my precious Club into such good hands. I have loved every minute of my 16 years at the helm of the London club that was established in 1879, before all the other great clubs in the Capital.

“We have had some great times, down by the Thames. There have been notable successes, as champions of League One and winners of the Championship.

“We have had some memorable times in Europe. Fulham vs Juventus was probably the greatest game ever seen at Craven Cottage and the sight of the Fulham faithful filling their end of the Elbe Arena in Hamburg, at the UEFA Europa League final will be with me forever.

“But now is the right time for me to retire and spend time playing football with my grandchildren. I am sad but proud of our achievements. I am very grateful to Fulham’s fans, the most incredible fans in the world. They have given me their support and affection whenever they have seen me at home games. I would never let them down. I have passed the Club to a talented, honest and highly capable man who respects Fulham and its traditions. He is a great sportsman.

“Fulham is now embarking upon its 13th season in the Premier League. I bid farewell comforted by the knowledge that Fulham is a very well-run Club that has never been in better shape.

“I shall look to Shahid Khan to build on the success of the 16 seasons and to deliver the greater glory that the fans desire and deserve. I look forward to seeing you down at the Cottage where I shall return, on occasion, to cheer on the team.

“Now a new era dawns.”

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19 Responses to Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan Agrees Deal to Buy Fulham

  1. saywhat? says:

    How come you couldn’t have bought Newcastle United from that toad Mike Ashley?

  2. Pete Q says:

    Does this mean Fulham supporters have seen the last of the Michael Jackson statue at Craven Cottage?

  3. SIScouser says:

    Huh? What is this “entertaining product” of which you speak? Khan bought the Jaguars a year and a half ago…and they were deplorable last year. Add in that they’re a regular in the bottom third attended teams in the NFL and the result is they’re basically the opposite of an entertaining product.

    If in fact his eventual goal is to move the club to London than it’s an interesting business decision but it’s also another feather in the hat of “the NFL doesn’t ACTUALLY care about player health” proponents.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      I spoke to a few Jacksonville Jaguars fans last night, and they were very supportive of Khan especially all of the money that he has pumped into the community and city.

      • Ernesto Malave says:

        Truth is, the NFL is brutal.

        Success is fairly spread out, but at this point there are teams sitting on world class organizations – built over decades by families obsessed with winning – and the rest.

        The structure of the league is such that with a very able back room you can acquire the proper genius coach out of their high-paying job at USC or where ever, draft extremely well, roll the dice over 19 games, and come out on top of the pile when all is said and done.

        Jacksonville has not been one of those teams snapping at their chances. Ever. If that’s changing now, awesome. But really. It’s the Jags we’re talking about.

  4. Clampdown says:

    That’s a fantastic hipster mustache.

  5. mike yuhas says:

    Things are lokimng up fir the Jags – Khan has poured millons of his won money to rebuild lockerooms. The city has also just approved 43 millon for stadium renovatios that will include the two largest scoreboards in the NFL. They are not moving to London, only once a year. The NFLPA I believe would have a problem with a team full time so far away.

  6. mike yuhas says:

    Gaffer – what would the posibilty of havin a regular season match in Jax? Any league rules tha wouldforbid this?

    • Christopher Harris says:

      The Premier League surfaced a proposal to add one game a season for each club overseas, and it was quickly shot down. So no chance right now Mike.

  7. rkujay says:

    Sure, but why the photo of Ron Jeremy?

  8. Nonsense says:

    Is it just me or does he remind anyone else of a Pakistani Al Sharpton?

  9. goatslookshifty says:

    Who knew Tony Orlando supported Fulham? Heard the Pointer Sisters are interested in buying Stoke.

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