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[Football] Brentford up for sale?



Commander

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Tony's old foe cashing in?

Don't get any ideas please, Mr Bloom.

 
















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Paul Barber has gradually been given equity, just a small amount. There would be no point in him having this unless the plan was to sell the club at some point in the future. This may be a long long time away but the blinkered view that Tony will never sell is foolish. Many have said his son will take it on. That rarely works and he may not want to. I'd be surprised if in the long run (that may be 20 years away) he doesn't sell to someone with deeper pockets than him. It is rose tinted glass stuff to not believe this will happen. I have faith though that he would chose that buyer very very carefully.

EDIT: When I wrote this I thought it was true. I'm certain I had seen it somewhere but now can't so as Bozza has pointed out I am a fool and until I prove otherwise assume I am talking nonsense. Probably best to start this assumption with most of my posts to be fair.
 
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studio150

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If it's more Americans investing into the PL. Chelsea may have stiff competition for our players and staff.
 




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Is it tinpot just due to the capacity? Been there, and it has good transport links, and is pretty good as new grounds go
I've seen a lot more (behind the scenes) of that ground, than most, and it is perfectly fine - but really quite underwhelming. They had space restrictions, given the size and shape of the site, but the whole thing feels rather unambitious.
 


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Paul Barber has gradually been given equity, just a small amount. There would be no point in him having this unless the plan was to sell the club at some point in the future.
Possibly, or by giving him a vested interest in the club, he is further tied to the club with added incentives not to leave.
quite clever really considering PBOBE is much admired within the higher echelons of the Premier League and other boardrooms.
 


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Paul Barber has gradually been given equity, just a small amount. There would be no point in him having this unless the plan was to sell the club at some point in the future. This may be a long long time away but the blinkered view that Tony will never sell is foolish. Many have said his son will take it on. That rarely works and he may not want to. I'd be surprised if in the long run (that may be 20 years away) he doesn't sell to someone with deeper pockets than him. It is rose tinted glass stuff to not believe this will happen. I have faith though that he would chose that buyer very very carefully.
Does this first sentence actually dictate that the second is true? Is there anything to stop Paul Barber one day selling HIS small stake, without the actually club being for sale?

And if he did, the most likely buyer, of course, would be Tony Bloom...
 




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Possibly, or by giving him a vested interest in the club, he is further tied to the club with added incentives not to leave.
quite clever really considering PBOBE is much admired within the higher echelons of the Premier League and other boardrooms.
This. I don't think there is any chance at all, that Paul Barber would still be at the Albion now, had Tony not made him Deputy Chairman.
 


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Does this first sentence actually dictate that the second is true? Is there anything to stop Paul Barber one day selling HIS small stake, without the actually club being for sale?

And if he did, the most likely buyer, of course, would be Tony Bloom...
In my experience of this kind of sweet equity, it is only provided on the basis of achieving an exit of the ownership at sale. It is worthless otherwise. However none of us know what the basis of that shareholding is and therefore this is only my own view not fact.

I suspect it is a little bit of what others said, it ties him down whilst also protecting him financially if Tony did ever decide to sell.
 


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Worrying. Likely another club owned by someone likely to represent the smaller clubs around the Prem table, heading toward ownership by mega rich foreign interest.
 




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Paul Barber has gradually been given equity, just a small amount. There would be no point in him having this unless the plan was to sell the club at some point in the future. This may be a long long time away but the blinkered view that Tony will never sell is foolish. Many have said his son will take it on. That rarely works and he may not want to. I'd be surprised if in the long run (that may be 20 years away) he doesn't sell to someone with deeper pockets than him. It is rose tinted glass stuff to not believe this will happen. I have faith though that he would chose that buyer very very carefully.
Does he? It's not obvious from the most recent confirmation statement I can find:

View PDF Confirmation statement made on 14 August 2022 with updates - link opens in a new window - 7 pages
 


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Does this first sentence actually dictate that the second is true? Is there anything to stop Paul Barber one day selling HIS small stake, without the actually club being for sale?

And if he did, the most likely buyer, of course, would be Tony Bloom...
Don't the club's articles of association dictate that any sale of shares has to be made, first, to the existing shareholders or something similar?

it's the rule that stopped Dick Knight being able to sell his shareholding to Albion fans.
 


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Is it tinpot just due to the capacity? Been there, and it has good transport links, and is pretty good as new grounds go
It's shit!

Transport is good as you say and it's in a cracking location but the ground itself is terrible. Far too crammed in and it's ugly as f***. And you can't get a peeve in the away end despite there being Fullers adverts all over the bloody ground!
 


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Paul Barber has gradually been given equity, just a small amount. There would be no point in him having this unless the plan was to sell the club at some point in the future. This may be a long long time away but the blinkered view that Tony will never sell is foolish. Many have said his son will take it on. That rarely works and he may not want to. I'd be surprised if in the long run (that may be 20 years away) he doesn't sell to someone with deeper pockets than him. It is rose tinted glass stuff to not believe this will happen. I have faith though that he would chose that buyer very very carefully.
I saw and heard Tony Bloom say he will leave the club to his son, with my own ears and eyes.

He may change his mind sometime in the future but it is not rumour, it is fact.
 






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Possibly, or by giving him a vested interest in the club, he is further tied to the club with added incentives not to leave.
quite clever really considering PBOBE is much admired within the higher echelons of the Premier League and other boardrooms.
Indeed. The conservative interpretation isn't always the correct one.

And the idea that Brighton's rubric has been created with a view to a sale seems very wide of the mark. If Tony sells it will be to benefit the club as well as to realise value for himself.

Given that Matthew Benham is in fact a lifelong Brentford fan, it is unlikely he is planning on flogging it as part of an asset strip, either.
 


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