One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson set to buy Doncaster Rovers football team: Singer could become co-chairman
The Doncaster-born singer and lifelong Rovers fan is set to become co-Chairman with former club owner John Ryan
The Doncaster-born singer and lifelong Rovers fan will team up with John Ryan, the former owner of the club before it was sold to the Keepmoat group, to form a trust and take over the relegated side.
Ryan ̶ the 52-year-old multi-millionaire who founded cosmetic surgery clinic Transform ̶ currently retains a quarter of the share of the team, but will apparently buy Rovers outright with Tomlinson through the trust.
It is thought that Tomlinson and Ryan will then act as co-chairmen.
“He’s putting everything into it," a source told The Sun. "This is his passion project — and it will happen. He’s putting everything into it because of his love for the side.
“John is the business brains. He’s incredibly experienced and Louis is learning so much from him.
“They want the deal to go through by July in time for the start of the new season. It’s at an advanced stage.”
The 21-year-old star, who was signed to the Doncaster Rovers squad in August 2013 despite never having played higher than Sunday League football, drew more than 2,000 extra fans when he took to the pitch to play for the reserves in February.
It is hoped that Tomlinson’s own fame and fandom will help encourage investors to the struggling side, who were recently relegated from the Championship to League One.
“He and John have very ambitious plans for the club. They want to get back to the Championship within a year, and into the Premiership within three years.”
Earlier this week, Tomlinson found himself in the eye of a media storm when a video he shot with bandmate Zayn Malik on tour in Peru, in which they appeared to be smoking marijuana, surfaced online.
During the footage, it was also alleged that Tomlinson used a racial slur.
“It’s green only, n*g,” he appears to say to Malik, discussing their apparent drug taking in a comedy accent.
The pair also appear to use the word “gay” in a derogatory fashion in a conversation about their merchandise later on in the video.
“The timing of the Peru video has really upset him because he doesn’t want anything to jeopardise the deal, which is very commercially sensitive and worth a seven-figure sum,” the source continued.
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