BORO ARE not for sale! Steve Gibson has hit back at at media speculation that the club could be a target for a foreign takover and made public his desire to ensure only Teesside accents ring around the Riverside boardroom.
We discussed the reasons why such a sell out was very unlikely on the blog a few days ago. Obviously the rest of the media are not as well versed in the economics of our small club and the Daily Express named Boro as being one of several clubs that their source close to the owners had told them were available at the right price.
Now Gibson has bent their ill-informed ears and emphatically told them they are wrong.
“We all have to be concerned that there’s so much with foreign ownership coming into the English game,” Gibson told the Express. “If you ask me why I came into football I will tell you its because of what used to happen in the old days… when you became an owner because of your love for football and because of your affection for the community and having being born in that community. I came into football for those reasons but if they are not the reasons for the newly arrived owners then that worries me.”
After admitting sheepishly that Boro had been listed erronously by their source in their ‘for sale’ menu on Thursday the Express let Gibson categorically underline the fact.
“Let me make it perfectly clear,” he said. “Boro are not for sale so I have no idea who has been suggesting that we could be. I am the sole shareowner of Boro and I am not selling. It has not been for sale and it is not for sale now.
“I have always said that I have bought Boro and want to keep Boro for the sport and for the glory. If anyone else is in football to turn a profit you would have to aske them about that.”
That is pretty clear. It is a quick and unequivocal response to the tabloid-fostered speculation, it is passionate, it is inspirational and it reinforces the steely determination that underpins Steve Gibson’s stewardship of the club and which is our strongest asset.