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Silent Stan, Not So Silent

Silent Stan Kroenke has suggested that he would be in favour of joining the current Arsenal board in their 5 year lockdown plan, but wouldn't rule out making a takeover bid in the future.

In a rare public interview with SkySports, the American tycoon makes it clear that he is in it for the long haul and is interested in forming good relationships with the board.

'I have known about Arsenal previously. We got involved in Major League Soccer in Colorado,' he said on Sky Sports News. Our executives started developing a relationship which we felt we needed with European football.'

'Through that process we got to know Arsenal in a different way, and so that is how we became as familiar as we are and eventually made the investment. It is a partnership at this point. Everybody has a tendency to speed up the process. These things take a lot of time and effort, and many years to develop.'

'We tend to look in the long-term; I think if you're an investor and don't look in the long-term you are not a good investor. There are lots of owners in Arsenal so we would have to see how that (a takeover) would work.'

When questioned about the boards current lockdown agreement, Not-so Silent Stan said

'I support it. We'll see, they would have to invite me,'

'This is a strategic investment for us, we are long-term investors. We like the team, otherwise we would not have got involved.'

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 25 2007

Time: 2:38PM

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If he is in it for the long term then that's good enough. Multiple ownership looks to be the pattern for the next few years which means that the club should be run in the sole interests of the club itself.
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25/10/2007 14:48:00

I think the thought of having that horrible greaseball in charge has made everyone feel Silent Stan isn't such a bad option.
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25/10/2007 14:57:00

true rocky, his statements about long-term partnerships, being invited to the board etc are in stark contrast to the crap usmanov his throwing around.
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25/10/2007 15:10:00

usmanov vs stan, usmanov vs stan hmmmm dont really like either, but if i had to choose rather have someone with experience owning sport clubs. and not a crim.
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25/10/2007 15:35:00

I think it works best is their is no single owner of Arsenal, the current structure is fine.....minus usmanov.
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25/10/2007 15:47:00

by a mile i'd rather have the club as it is, but if we had to be taken over, kroenke doesn't seem too bad.
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25/10/2007 16:06:00

he could be
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25/10/2007 16:48:00

Who cares about Stan! BYE BYE JOL!! hahahahaahahahaha
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25/10/2007 22:19:00

Juande Ramos new spurs manager, Another lamb for the slaughter!
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25/10/2007 22:27:00

i really hate to say it, but out of all the managers in the world the one who i really didnt want to join spurs is ramos. The only problem is that he likes to play a version of Wengerball and no spurs players can do that. He'll either have to change things completely or he will fail. let's hope the latter.
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25/10/2007 23:47:00

Fair enough, he's better than Usmanov, but he still uses that word investor, and it does show that he is a businessman first and foremost, as compared to our present 'custodians'. If Silent Stan one day attempts a takeover it will surely be a Glazer-style one, even if it's a slightly more watered down version.
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26/10/2007 01:06:00

agreed Andy, and he could show a little more enthusiasm than "we like the team". The current board are seemingly fans first and investors second.
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26/10/2007 19:12:00


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