Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney to take over Wrexham with almost 99 per cent of fans backing moveNovember 16, 2020
HOLLYWOOD A-listers Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are set to take over Wrexham after 99 per cent of fans backed the move.
The Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) – who have owned the club since 2011 – have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the proposed takeover.
Of over 2,000 eligible to cast their vote, only 26 were against the proposal.
A staggering 1,809 voted in favour of Reynolds and McElhenney, with just nine abstaining.
Needing 75 per cent of the trust's approval, the A-list duo racked up 98.6 per cent and will now become the club's new owners.
In a statement, the trust wrote: "Subject to final agreement, league and FA confirmation – the RR McReynolds Company, LLC will take 100 per cent control of Wrexham Football Club Limited from the WST.
"Both parties will now proceed with finalising the details of the takeover, and we will update Wrexham supporters as soon as we can.
"As Wrexham supporters, we would like to wish them the very best of luck in charge of our Football Club and look forward to what the future brings.”
On the news, Wrexham director Spencer Harris said: “These are two very successful people who have done great things on-screen and some great things off-screen.
“They’re really interested in taking something with real potential, which this club has, investing in it, molding it and watching it grow.
"That journey is their ultimate motivation, and part of what they want to do is document that journey as they go. But I think it’s more about that journey.
“I’ve spoken at length with the people who will be doing that activity and I don’t see them getting in the way.
“I think it’s going to be a really interesting story, not just about the football club and the local community, but also to give insight into a couple of guys from Hollywood who will go on this roller-coaster journey with the rest of us.
"I think people will find that compelling.”
Reynolds and McElhenney will now take over the National League side in a matter of weeks.
They are expected to inject £2million of their own money into the club in order to kick-off their plan to turn them into a 'global force'.
As part of their plans for world-domination, the Hollywood stars want to commission a Netflix documentary about the club.
TheWelsh side are already 20/1 with one bookmaker to reach the Premier League by 2026.
Both celebrities are understood to be prepared to use their own money, marketing and fame to help the Dragons more than restore their glory days.
In the 1977-78 campaign, they reached the FA Cup quarter-finals and won the old Division Three.
But in 2008, they were relegated from the Football League to the National League after a drop in form.
Last week, Wrexham – formed in 1864 – put out a 'mission statement' quoting the stars' ambitions, with the words: "WIN, WIN. WIN".
In it, the actors stated: "We want to be part of Wrexham's story, not drag the club into ours."
McElhenney told a Supporters Trust meeting: "The Racecourse hasn't been full for a while. I have a vision of the Racecourse being full again.
“I've seen how packed it used to be in '77 – I've been watching a lot of films about.
“I want it to feel like that again. We want to pack that stadium again.”
On plans for a Netflix-type, fly-on-the-wall show McElhenney, who created TV series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, said: "That's happened. We're documenting it.
"We should be thinking about Wrexham the way Man U thinks about Man U. Engage in club, communities. What a great way to do it.”
Reynolds further explained: "It's the storytelling that gets me. What the player overcame to get on the pitch.
We're interested in that in every level. We can attract great players too.
We're excited to have some documentation – and no one has to speak (in it) if they don't want to."
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