Neale and Thompson excited to join forces with Darragh MacAnthony to push The Posh to even greater success on and off the pitch.
Peterborough United Football Club Owner and Chairman Darragh MacAnthony is pleased to introduce Dr. Jason Neale and Mr. R. Stewart Thompson as co-owners of The Posh effective immediately.
Mr. Thompson and Dr. Neale will hold their shares through Kelgary Sports and Entertainment, a Canadian entity through which other investors participate along with Mr. Thompson and Dr. Neale. They will both serve as directors on the club’s board with immediate effect. The Canada-based investors have been actively looking at EFL club ownership for the past two years and see Peterborough as an ideal fit on many levels.
“While I have deep background in corporate turnarounds, what’s most attractive about the Posh is that it is already firing on all cylinders,” said Mr. Neale, who is originally from the UK and holds his PhD in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Essex and a joint EMBA from the Columbia and London Business Schools. “Darragh, Bob, Barry and the entire Club have a strong, clear 3-5 year plan that Stewart and I have bought into and will put our expertise and passion into bringing to fruition.
“It’s a testament to the reach and emotional power of English Football that I, who chased a ball across the sodden shale pitches of Canada’s west coast as a lad, grew up with a true desire to be a real part of the game,” said Mr. Thompson, the Founder and CEO of Valhalla Private Capital. “I always believed that my passion for the game paired with the business and commercial acumen I’ve gained along the way could and should land me where I am today. I’m grateful to Darragh for helping me achieve this goal and excited to deliver many more successes with him, Jason and the entire Posh organisation.”
The governance of the club will be managed through the Board with all three partners having equal voice and shared operational control. Both Dr. Neale and Mr. Thompson are committed to taking an active role in Peterborough United’s long-term success. The club’s key objectives remain the same: securing Championship football and thriving once there, bringing the stadium back to club ownership and filling it with fans for every match, and improving and expanding facilities and the youth system.
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Speaking about the deal, Blackbridge Chairman Alexander Jarvis said: “Kelgary Sports and Entertainment have some great plans to take Peterborough United to the next level working alongside Darragh MacAnthony.”
In the last 3 months, the Blackbridge team has advised on three football clubs acquisitions/sales including Barnsley FC, Woking FC and Peterborough United FC, the most of an UK-based advisory group.