The australian club Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday denied information from local media that they had been in “long discussions” with the Manchester
United about a possible acquisition by the English Premier League club.
Mariners owner and president Mike Charlesworth said last August that he was looking for a new investor to take over the A-League first division club, which is based in Gosford, in the eastern state of New Wales. South.
The Sydney Morning Herald, owned by the Nine Network, said Charlesworth, who lives in England, had been in talks with United to buy the Mariners license and make it a sister club.
The proposed acquisition could see the Mariners uprooted from their Central Coast base and relocated to Sydney’s northern suburbs, the newspaper said, but club chief executive Shaun Mielekamp dismissed the report as “just noise. ”.
“The president has had discussions with various clubs and stakeholders for several years regarding the sale of the club,” he said in a statement. “Speculation is nothing more than speculation and it is important that none of this distracts the club.”
“Reports like this simply serve as a means of distracting what is a positive season on the field, and the club will not comment further.”
United’s Premier League rivals Manchester City bought a majority stake in the A-League’s Melbourne Heart in 2014 and rebranded them Melbourne City before buying them outright.
United and the Mariners have ties through United assistant coach Mike Phelan, who was appointed Central Coast Sporting Director in 2018 before joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s staff at Old Trafford the following year.
After finishing last in the A-League in 2019-20, the Mariners coached by Alen Stajcic are surprise leaders this season with six rounds to go before the playoffs.
The Mariners enjoyed a brief wave of global publicity in 2018 when eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt arrived at the club for a high-profile test, but the Jamaican sprinter could not agree to terms and left after a few months.