Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney to learn if Wrexham fans have backed their sensational takeover bid TODAY as pair await green light to seal deal for the non-League club
- Wrexham Supporters’ Trust members voted on the opportunity to sell the club
- Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney will learn of the decision on Monday
- They plan to get to Wales ‘as much as possible’ and ‘drink with fans’ at matches
- Presenting their vision to fans, the Hollywood pair want to be ‘a global force’
- Wrexham AFC have been owned by the dedicated Supporters’ Trust since 2011
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s wait to discover if Wrexham fans have voted in favour of selling the club to the Hollywood pair is almost over as an announcement is due to be made on Monday afternoon.
More than 2,000 members of the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust have spent seven days voting on the proposed takeover bid served up by Reynolds and McElhenney.
Reynolds and McElhenney presented their vision to eligible voters last week on a Zoom call where they vowed to make Wrexham AFC a ‘global force’ should they successfully complete a takeover of the fifth division side.
Ryan Reynolds will learn on Monday if Wrexham fans have backed his takeover of the club
Reynolds is teaming up with fellow Hollywood actor Rob McElhenney to buy the Welsh team
Wrexham have been in non-League since 2008 but the actors detailed their bold proposal to make the Welsh side the ‘best team in the United Kingdom’ if they are successful taking over
The Extraordinary Ballot is the final hurdle between the Hollywood actors, who revealed they will make a documentary if their bid is successful, and the takeover going through.
Reynolds and McElhenney need 75 per cent of the vote and it is widely expected they will be toasting a landslide victory on Monday night after such a positive response from supporters since the actors’ Zoom address on November 8.
The initial outline of the takeover by The R.R. McReynolds Company, LLC, which was sent to members and seen by Sportsmail, detailed the key framework of how a switch away from being fan-owned would work.
Support for the Hollywood stars has come from Inner Circle Sports, the American firm which helped facilitate Fenway Sports Group’s takeover of Liverpool.
Wrexham’s Supporters’ Trust members have been voting on whether to sanction the sale
Reynolds (bottom) and McElhenney (top right) addressed Wrexham AFC supporters for the first time last week as the Hollywood actors presented their vision to buy the non-League team
Wrexham, whose Racecourse Ground is pictured on September 17, are the oldest football club in Wales and the third oldest football club in the world having been founded in 1864
McElhenney, who at one stage during last week’s call referenced the side from the 1977-78 season, explained that those behind the scenes had ‘been searching Europe’ for a team to purchase.
‘We had people looking all over western Europe for a club, we wanted a community that we could identify with,’ he said.
‘We want to help build out and foster an infrastructure that will succeed. The team doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to a community.’
Reynolds and McElhenney, who has shown himself following the matches on film sets via social media during the takeover process, plan to ‘acquire the entire issued share capital of Wrexham AFC Limited for one peppercorn’ before going on to invest £2million in the form of non-redeemable shares.
The projected initial investment has been earmarked for infrastructure, management, on the first-team playing squad and facilities around the club.
McElhenney has been keeping up to date with Wrexham matches by watching on movie sets
To further endear himself to fans, McElhenney sported the popular home shirt from 2001-02
One of the key concerns for supporters surrounded the security of the Racecourse Ground and the knowledge that the club would not be moved out of Wrexham. Both actors confirmed neither would occur if they became owners.
As part of the offer, Reynolds and McElhenney would enter into a sub-lease of the stadium for a period of 25 years.
The annual rent of that sub-lease, controlled by the Supporters’ Trust, would stand at £115,000 per year.
Matters of historical significance for the club, such as playing in red and the design of the badge, would be under the control of the Supporters’ Trust and both McElhenney and Reynolds would need prior sign-off to change such elements.
Reynolds is best known for playing the title character in the Deadpool super hero films, while McElhenney’s most famous role is Ronald ‘Mac’ McDonald in the comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
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