SOuthampton fans may have been taken by surprise after news of the club’s takeover by the Serbian billionaire Dragan Solak through a telecommunications company called Sport Republic.
This is good news for supporters who Solak acquired Gao Jisheng80 percent majority stake, as fans blamed the club for lack of spending in recent years.
According to the Daily Mail, Sport Republic aims to build a network of football clubs similar to those that have been created by the Red Bull and City group.
“Southampton has so many qualities that we were looking for in a great sports organization,” said Solak.
“He has a great management team, great talent development, talented teams playing great football and a dedicated fan base.”
Meanwhile, a London-based investor Henrik kraft and old Brentford football director Rasmus Ankersen are also believed to be part of the club’s new ownership.
Who is Dragan Solak?
Born in 1964, the Serbian tycoon founded his telecommunications company in 2000 and transformed it from a cable operator in Serbia to a regional leader, providing services in eight countries.
Its channels have Premier League TV rights, while Solak is a huge fan of golf and has created a company, called Eligo, which provides customers with exclusive golf courses.
What is Dragan Solak’s net worth?
According to the United Group website, the company has sales of more than £ 1.67 billion annually. Meanwhile, according to Serbian media, Solak is considered the country’s first billionaire, one who owns a luxurious house near Lake Geneva and up to three private jets.
Having only won four games this season, Southampton are currently 14th in the Premier League table with 21 points after 19 games played. This news therefore comes as a boost for the fans and brings new optimism.