Tycoon Leaves Los Gallegos High and Dry
By Mauricio Blanco
American oil tycoon Freddy Robinson, said to be the man touted to take over from Kelvin Mea Vitali at the helm of recently promoted Hermandad Gallega FC, has abandoned negotiations and instead Singaporean Johan James has taken ownership of the club alongside a fellow director who will help run the footballing aspects of the club.
James, 49, is the owner of several high end casinos all over the globe, and has flown over to Valencia from his base in Singapore to sign the final paperwork with Mea Vitali. It is unknown when the deal will be officially completed but the media is speculating that a conclusion will arrive in the next few days.
The future of English manager James Bond is the biggest talking point of the deal. Johan James is said to prefer to install Pierre Ausilio, who has worked as a Director of Football at many clubs before.
In order to secure his job, Bond must prove to the new Los Gallegos hierarchy that he is the right man for the job, even though he managed to secure a surprise promotion to the Segunda Venezolana with his side despite financial limitations.
The financial situation at the Valencian club is okay at present but is predicted to deteriorate in the future. Under Mea Vitali's chairmanship the club's balance declined into the so-called 'red zone'. He was said to have favoured player sales but no suitable offers arrived for key players such as Reyes and Granados.
Hermandad Gallega were recently promoted to the Venezuelan second tier and pundits are already suggesting Bond's side just don't have what it takes to keep their heads above water in the new division.