Ownership of Walsall Football Club
January 2012 -
Walsall Chairman and Owner Jeff Bonser has reiterrated his intentions of not selling Walsall Football Club, we caught up with Mr.Bonser at the club he had this to say:
" As you have heard in the papers and media that I have came out that I do not want to sell Walsall Football Club, I have been at this club along time and I was Chairman when we moved in to the Bescot Stadium in 1990. I have put millions into this club and got this club out of debt many times, I know alot of fans have wanted me out over the years but I want to stay at this club and want to be here for many years to come, I have had offers from many consortiums to acquire this club! I declined an offer from Ex-Villa Owner Doug Ellis, as you saw reports he offered £14million and I had to turned it down because I honestly think that this club is atleast worth in the region of £20million plus. If someone comes out and offers me this I will have a long hard think of what I want to do. "
May 2012 -
Breaking News: Walsall F.C can confirm that their has been another offer from Mr. Doug Ellis, he offered the amount of £17.5million to aquire the Ownership of the club, Mr.Ellis knows this part of the midlands due to be ex-owner of Premier League side Aston Villa. As we have heard in the past that Mr.Ellis wants to stay in the Midlands and wishes to aquire a club nearby as its not far to commute. We will hear the full story shortly...
Nick Mashiter's Interview with Doug Ellis:
Mashiter: We sit here today with Sir Doug Ellis, who has been rumoured to be interested in buyng Walsall Football Club, we have heard he did have a bid turned down in January when he bidded in the region of £14million.
Doug Ellis: Thank you, Nick! I have seen all the rumours in the papers and media of my interested in purchasing this club, Well all I can say that those rumours are TRUE, I am very interested in having this club in the grasp of my hands! As you know me personally I
was ex-Villa Chairman and Owner.
Mashiter: You must of heard the news that Mr.Bonser has come out and said that he doesn't want to sell the club. But has said your offer of £14million wasnt enough to acquire the services of getting this club. He said that he would only listen to offers of £20million.
Doug Ellis: Well personally I didn't know. I have my own personal live and other businesses to deal with, and I don't like being in the middle of a media frenzy. I honestly thought that £14million was enough to get his club as you can get Championship clubs for over £15million like Brighton,Bristol City and Millwall respectively. But I am willing to offer at most of £18million as this is a very good offer for a srtuggling Npower League One side. I am waiting to hear back from Mr.Bonser if this offer is good enough, I would be willing to offer another £2million if Walsall get promoted to the Premier League.
Mashiter: Well Mr.Ellis this club is also waiting to hear from Mr.Bonser for his response to your new offer of the club.
Doug Ellis: Your Welcome, Nick! I just want to put out their I am very interested in buying this club and I think it would be a good investment!
May 2012 -
Mr Bonser speaks out to the Express and Star telling us that he recieved Mr.Ellis's offer of £18million and also heard that he was willing to offer another £2million if he got them into the PREMIER LEAGUE.He has said that he thinks this is a good offer but will have to sadly rejected his offer as he wants the £20million upfront.
Mr.Ellis has come out and said that he doesn't think that the club is worth £20million and he thinks that the £18million he offered for the club was a respectable one, and he thinks it was fair that he would of gave Mr.Bonser another £2million if he got Walsall into the PREMIER LEAGUE.