Four files have been selected by Bordeaux and the Rothschild & Co bank for the club’s takeover, announced the Girondins on Wednesday. Didier Quillot’s project would be one of them, not Bruno Fievet’s.
The recovery of the Girondins de Bordeaux has reached a new level. The club published two messages on its Twitter account on Wednesday to announce a new step in the selection of candidates who are now only four.
“Following King Street’s decision to no longer support the Club, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, assisted by its bank advisor Rothschild & Co and the ad hoc representative appointed by the Bordeaux Commercial Court, initiated discussions with potential buyers, the message read. Interested candidates have submitted indicative offers and four of them have been selected. They now have access to detailed information about the Club, allowing them to formulate a binding offer later this month of June.”
The names have not filtered but according to L’Equipe, the file carried by Bruno Fievet was ousted. The lack of own funds would have weakened his project. The entrepreneur had sent a letter of intent to the Rothschild bank in May indicating that he was relying on the loan of an investment fund specializing in sport, the Scapular Club bringing together local entrepreneurs and an association of ‘former players. Insufficient therefore.
The project led by Didier Quillot, former director general of the Professional Football League (LFP), would be among the elected officials. The support of French and foreign investors enabled it to cross the cut and have access to the data room which groups together the documents relating to the club’s accounts. This does not appeal to the supporters, who seem opposed to the candidacy of Quillot, much criticized after the Mediapro fiasco, which he had participated in choosing as a broadcaster when he was at the LFP.
The Rigo-Williams duo would be selected, a mystery for Truchot
According to Sud-Ouest and 20 Minutes, another file will also have access to the data room: the one carried by Pascal Rigo, Bordeaux entrepreneur based in California and specializing in bakery, and John Williams, recruiting manager in Amiens.
The Franco-American businessman, Ravy Truchot, would be in doubt. According to Southwest, he had not received a response in the evening of Tuesday.
According to L’Equipe, the Fortress investment fund, which loaned 38 million euros in October 2018 to be repaid in 2022, will have a say in the choice of the future buyer. The four “finalists” now have until mid-June to formulate a firm takeover offer.