In an exclusive interview with This is Futbol, former Southampton Vice-Chairman, Les Reed, has claimed that the Saints need a takeover or at least external investment to move forward.
Gao Jisheng bought an 80% stake in Southampton just less than three years ago but it has been reported that the Chinese businessman is now looking to bring in external investment, or complete sell the club.
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Southampton fans may be disappointed that their majority owner has failed to deliver what he offered three years ago but it may not all be his fault, that is the thoughts of Reed, who spoke exclusively to This is Futbol:
“Without a doubt they need investment but let’s be kind to Mr Gao, because the rationale behind the lack of investment has been through the inability to take money out of China. Therefore, a lot of the things that were promised at the time of the takeover have not happened.
“Therefore, if there is no route to that investment from the current owners, I can only see external investment via a sale of shares or a complete takeover being enough.”
The American businessman admitted that he wants to establish a portfolio of football clubs, much like the City Football Group who own several clubs across the globe, such as Manchester City and Melbourne City.