British boxing champion Tyson Fury has recieved fresh hopes of becoming a football club owner. The 34-year-old saw his attempts to buy his local team Morecambe scuppered by businessman Sarbjot Johal, who was only 20 at the time, after lenthy discussions with the club. However, it seems Fury may get a second chance after Johal has expressed interest in another club instead.
The Shrimps, who currently play in League Two, were put up for sale last September by owners Jason Whittingham and Colin Goldring. Fury, who was born in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester – just over 60 miles from the seaside town, was believed to be leading the race to buy the club in late 2022, but missed out to Johal.
The WBC champion has already invested in the club with the Gypsy King logo featuring on Morecambe’s match-day kit last season. With a reported net worth of £131.18m, the boxing great previously told talkSPORT: “I’m thinking about buying Morecambe Football Club. They’re in League One at the moment. So I was thinking I invest X amount of millions in them. Basically, throw it at them and keep them going up.
“I’ve been offered to buy Morecambe Football Club. I own all the training facilities anyway and the training gym. So, who knows? You might be looking at a football club owner.”
Sarbjot Johal, who made his fortune in the soft drinks industry, was in pole position to takeover Morecambe having already purchased equity in the Shrimps. However, the 21-year-old has so far not provided the necessary proof or sufficiency of funding that is required for the deal to be confirmed.
Johal appears to have since moved on and is now in talks to buy Wigan Athleitc, who have been relegated to League One. If that is the case, then Fury may have a chance to revive his interest in Morecambe after missing out a few months ago.
The Latics came out of administration in 2021 when they were taken over by a consortium led by Bahraini businessman Abdulrahman Al-Jasmi. Wigan are currently in a precarious position and will start the new season on minus eight points following a lateness in paying wages several times last season. Chairman, Al-Jasmi also missed a deadline to cover June’s wage bill.
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The news of a Wigan takeover comes as a surprise after Morecambe chairman Graham Howse previously confirmed Johal would become the new owner through his investment firm Sarb Capital.
“Sarbjot Johal is eager to start the project to take the Club on to a new level, subject to satisfactorily navigating the EFL Owners and Directors’ test,” read part of Howse’s statement released in February 2023. “I am, along with Sarbjot, keen that the process should now move on at pace to come to a positive conclusion.”
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