‘Thames Valley’ Rumpus. It only seems like yesterday that Robert Maxwell (deceased) announced plans to merge Oxford and Reading to establish a new club, Thames Valley Royals. I witnessed the furore when a former Director purchased the domain ‘Manstock’ in a potential relocation of County. It’s rare to witness the positivity expressed by fans of combining two rivals. It has been said could Stockport and Oldham form a potential ‘giant’?
Thames Valley Sports Investment has now appeared and an alleged 26 years’ old ‘billionaire’ Russian has just agreed a heads of agreement to acquire Reading FC.
The rumour mill is going into overdrive with suggestions that the outgoing owner will sell but retain some income and commercial activities. Deja vu Mr Kennedy (Stockport) or Mr Wood (Bury)?
We talk about ‘fit and proper’ and more besides but if the authorities had any teeth there would be much diligence needing to be undertaken prior to any such move that ‘smells’ not quite right to an outsider.