Swansea City chairman Trevor Birch has said stated that he ‘hasn’t been brought in to sell the club’, during last night’s fan forum.
Birch became chairman of the club in March 2019, replacing the long-standing and much-loved Huw Jenkins.
The club’s majority shareholders though, American duo Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, came into the club back in 2016 and have received criticism from fans since – relegation from the Premier League in 2018 angered the Swansea faithful, for the American’s lack of investment throughout the season.
In the Swansea City fan forum last night, fans had their chances to ask Birch and other figures at the club their questions, and he discussed his relationship with Kaplan and Levie, and the prospect of a change in ownership:
“I haven’t been brought in to sell the club. In terms of [the owners’] intentions, I don’t think there is anybody out there in any event who would want to buy the club at the moment, so that’s a bit of a non-starter.
“There’s nobody out there queuing up to buy football clubs. In terms of the long-term future of the club, it’s about what we can achieve, how we can put a structure in place.”
Fans were suspecting that Birch had been brought into the club to oversee it’s sale, but when asked about that last night, Birch claimed that he’s ‘here indefinitely’, and that Kaplan and Levien have minimal impact of his everyday running of the Welsh side:
“As far as I am concerned, I am here indefinitely. You have an ownership group, but they are having no impact, no effect on the club – absolutely none.
“They are taking no money out, they are not interfering with the way I run the club.”
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Swansea enjoyed a good spell in the Premier League, but they’ve suffered since their relegation. It’s a common story for a club that falls from the top-flight, to go on and suffer financially, but on-the-pitch, Swansea are looking up and fans have more to excite about than to bemoan.
A lot of football club’s have contested owner and shareholders and Swansea is no different. The fans have every right to be angry about their relegation from the Premier League and the lack of investment which enabled it, but Birch looks to have his heart in the right place.
It’s all out of the fans’ hands. All they can do is keep on turning up every week and hope for the best under Steve Cooper – he’s put together a really fine team this season and his additions have been impressive this month – they could yet find themselves back in the Premier League.