Reynolds and McElhenney in Wrexham takeover talks

24 Sep 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds and Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenny have been revealed as prospective investors in National League outfit Wrexham AFC.

A special general meeting has been arranged after the fan-owned club’s members voted overwhelmingly for talks to proceed, and Reynolds and McElhenny will join the meeting to present their vision for the club.

It is understood that the takeover would be for a nominal fee but with the guarantee that an immediate £2m be injected in to the club.

Any approved deal would see the fan-run Wrexham Supporters Trust relinquish total control.

Trust director Spencer Harris, speaking to the BBC, said: "We started talking through representatives of theirs, talking about the club, and we're now in a position where we are able, following the SGM on Tuesday night, to get into detailed discussions about what a takeover deal could look like.

"They are very serious, professional and successful people, not just as actors but in the business world as well and this is a very serious endeavour for them and they'll set out their vision in due course, but I know they are very passionate about this and have gone into a lot of depth to understand about the football club."

Reynolds is believed to be one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors, and recently saw his Aviation American Gin brand bought by Diageo as part of a £460m deal.