DENNIS BERGKAMP, Henrik Larsson and Dirk Kuyt are looking to buy another club after failing to land cash-strapped Wycombe.
American businessman Rob Couhig now looks set to take over the Chairboys and will take his plan to shareholders to get it rubber-stamped this month.
1 Dirk Kuyt, Dennis Bergkamp and Henrik Larsson, left to right, are in the market for a football club
But until June, a consortium of former footballers – including the famous trio and Holland manager Ronald Koeman, who acts as their advisor – were in the running, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.
The report states that they were set on “catapulting Wycombe into stardom” using the lessons they learned in the game.
Their model did not call for lavish spending, instead relying on building revenue and bringing back the club's academy.
A source is quoted as saying: "We’re not coming over pretending to know everything.
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“We know a lot and we’re going to bring that together with the people working at the club to make it a joint venture. It’s a family club and we have to treat family as family.”
Wycombe were in desperate need of cash, however, and the Chairboys reportedly decided to go with Couhig after he provided some financing – and the trio must now turn their attentions elsewhere.
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Boss Gareth Ainsworth told a meeting that if the Couhig deal did not get the 75 per cent approval from shareholders, the fan-owned club was in dire straits.
He said: “I’ll tell you now, if we don’t get the vote I think we could be in serious trouble. I’ll say it bluntly — it could be very, very tough.
“People have kept this club alive and it comes a time when you think, ‘This really needs to change’. For me, this is that time. I believe in Rob and what he could do for this club.”