Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney ‘supported by firm who helped Fenway Sports Group purchase Liverpool in 2010’ as Hollywood actors continue bid to buy non-league Wrexham
- Actors Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds are looking to purchase Wrexham FC
- They won approval from 97.5% of Wrexham Supporters’ Trust members for talks
- American firm Inner Circle Sports are believed to be supporting the actors
- ICS helped Fenway Sports Group with their takeover of Liverpool back in 2010
Inner Circle Sports, the American firm which helped facilitate Fenway Sports Group’s takeover of Liverpool, are reportedly working with Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney to buy non-league Wrexham.
The Hollywood actors are in discussions with the National League side and have been on the charm offensive with supporters on social media by watching their opening games of the 2020-21 season.
Reynolds and McElhenney received 97.5 per cent support from a vote held by the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust – current owners of the club – to allow them chance to progress their ownership bid.
Ryan Reynolds is being supported by the firm who helped Fenway Sports Group buy Liverpool in his bid to acquire National League side Wrexham this year
Reynolds produced a joint-bid with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor Rob McElhenney
Wrexham have been in non-league since 2008 and have been owned by supporters since 2011
The Liverpool Echo reports that the Hollywood stars are being supported by ICS in that process.
ICS, based in New York, played a key role in helping FSG acquire Liverpool back in 2010 from George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
A key focus for the US firm is to introduce investors to clubs and then help them with the acquisition process.
Deadpool star Reynolds and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor McElhenney will face another vote from supporters to pass the sale with an expectation of an acceleration in talks in the coming weeks.
Deadpool star Reynolds was unanimously popular with fans when his name was released
Wrexham, whose Racecourse Ground is pictured on September 17, are the oldest football club in Wales and the third oldest football club in the world having been founded in 1864
They are proposing to put £2million into the Welsh side.
A statement earlier this month by the Supporters’ Trust read: ‘Media attention and interest in Wrexham AFC since the announcement has increased significantly and we would like to inform supporters that discussions are ongoing and making progress.
‘The Wrexham Supporters Trust Board would like to reassure supporters that we are making every endeavour to act in the best interests of the Football Club and the Wrexham Supporters Trust.
‘Any investment proposal from the interested party will be brought back to supporters at a second Special General Meeting.
‘The final decision on the future direction of the Football Club will be made by you, the supporters.’
Reynolds and McElhenney are expected to present their vision to supporters soon with lots of questions as to why they want to invest in the world’s third oldest professional football club.
Liverpool chief John Henry saw the same firm helping Reynolds and McElhenney assist him and Fenway Sports Group complete their purchase of Liverpool back in 2010
Reynolds, who has varied business interests, replied to a 2012 tweet that said: ‘You never know when Ryan Reynolds is going to turn up in Wrexham.’ The Canadian-born actor told his 16.5million Twitter followers: ‘Yep, you never know.’
While remaining largely tight-lipped on their joint-bid, the club have said it was a ‘question for them in good time’.
Wrexham has been owned by its Supporters’ Trust since 2011 and has rebuffed previous ownership bids that the Trust board have deemed unacceptable in the past.
Wrexham are the oldest football club in Wales and the third oldest football club in the world having been founded in 1864.
They fell out of the football league in 2008 and have remained a non-league club since then and became fan-owned in 2011.
Managed by Dean Keates, the club currently sit 10th after the opening five games with two wins and three defeats.
McElhenney has been keeping up to date with Wrexham matches by watching on movie sets