Ronald Koeman has confirmed that a consortium featuring Dennis Bergkamp are indeed trying to buy Wycombe Wanderers.
In an article on The Athletic earlier this week [paywalled Athletic report, free Daily Cannon report], David Ornstein revealed that a group consisting of Dennis Bergkamp, Henrik Larsson, Dirk Kuyt, and Ronald Koeman, “made a bid for the club with a view to “catapulting Wycombe into stardom”.”
Koeman has now commented on the situation to confirm that this is true but that he is merely acting as an advisor, not an investor.
“I don’t know how close that is,” the ex-Everton and Southampton manager told The Independent.
“I’m in the background, let me put it like that. I’m an advisor. If they want it I’m available for advice but I’m not the one who is going to invest, I’m not the one to decide how the process will continue.
“They have the dream to buy a club and they’re working on that but I’m not directly involved and I didn’t want that.
“I’ve been asked if they want some advice and if they think I can provide them with good advice I’m available. But I’m not really the one to talk about that a lot.”
In the comments section of the article, Ornstein also reports that Arsene Wenger, or ‘Mystic Weg’ as he’s also known has predicted this could well be the future.
Ornstein wrote, “I was talking to somebody at the Football Legends dinner last night who had recently spend time with Arsene Wenger and he told me Wenger thinks that former players with high personal wealth and private equity backing, allied to their experience/expertise/contacts, trying to grow clubs organically and sustainably, could be the future of ownership.
“It might only be at/below a certain level of clubs but it’s an interest thought, especially the unprecedented idea of them actually working in the club day to day. My colleague Matt Slater pointed out to me that this is probably the first generation of ex-pros with the financial ability to do this sort of thing, so let’s see what happens.”
Arsene Wenger recently confirmed that he’s considering taking up a post with FIFA.