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SBD Global/October 23, 2013/Franchises

Premier League Side Fulham Owner Shad Khan Explains Strategy For Improving The Club

Fulham Owner Shad Khan is in London this week to watch his other team -- the NFL Jaguars.
For EPL Fulham fans, the "greater worry after a stuttering start to the season" is whether team Owner Shad Khan can "adjust to the flow of English football," according to Mihir Bose of the London EVENING STANDARD. Despite buying the club in July for an estimated £150M ($243.3M), Monday’s match against Crystal Palace was "only the second time Khan had seen his side play this season." Khan is "in London because his NFL team, Jacksonville Jaguars, are playing at Wembley on Sunday." For fans who think the 122nd-richest man in the U.S. "will open his cheque book every time the club are in trouble, Khan’s message is very clear." Khan: "Throwing money on the fire is normally not the solution to every problem." Whatever "advice Khan receives, one thing is clear." He will not make former Owner Mohamed Al Fayed-style "grandiose promises" that Fulham will become the ManU of the south. Khan said, "My ambition is that Fulham should be firmly established in the Premier League, to be sustained [financially] so they are not depending upon the generosity of a Mr Fayed. He put in a lot of money. We will do some development of the hospitality, premier seating, to get more money to invest in the club." This has "already meant major changes" in the way the club is run. Khan: "We have people from NFL and Jacksonville in London working together with Fulham on [commercial] opportunities. It is not the American takeover of Fulham. It is really how to make it better" (EVENING STANDARD, 10/22).
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