Maribor faces a revolutionary management change: ‘We are considering a business partner to inject additional capital’
Olimpija has Adam Delius, but who will it have …Maribor?! As Bojan Ban, the business director of the Štajerska giant, revealed, Ljudski vrt is already talking to a potential foreign investor who is interested in joining the club from Ljudski vrt. Maribor is one of the (few) Slovenian clubs that operates without a related company, but according to Ban, this could more than obviously change.
“Sponsorship money is limited in Slovenia. Jumpers have Laško, handball players have Laško, we have Laško… As we are a country with a lot of good athletes, this money is being chipped away. Maribor is not immune to co-investors, investors. If we want to be competitive, now is the time to realise our business partner discussions. We cannot sell the club. It must still be 51% owned by the association. Alternatively, the club could create a company, where 74% could be sold and all income and expenses would be transferred to the company. The football school and all licences remain in the non-economic part. This 74% share is variable, you can market here and find someone to invest. Discussions have been ongoing for a long time, but we are not ready to work with just anyone. This is the club’s next biggest challenge. We have never said publicly that we are considering a business partner to inject additional capital. This is the first time. Some of the capital is self-generated, it provides stability, and the extra capital would be added value. I hope the interviews will be successful, we are talking to different people. Why invest in Maribor? We are a boutique club, we have a city behind us, it might be easier to place players through the Slovenian league and get into the Champions League. This is what we offer to potential investors,” is in interview for Večer Bojan Ban, who did not want to talk about who the Štajerska are talking to.
“We discuss what we can do together. We want to stimulate an interest in the people we talk to that this is a good thing. There have been no negotiations yet, but it is true that someone who brings money also decides on some things. Not one member of the Board, not me or Marko Šuler, is holding on to his chair… Why do we want to follow this path? Because the environment is changing. Now we make most of the money ourselves, but by selling players we are weakening the team. We must react,“, Bojan Ban, who has been on the Maribor board since 2006, told Večer.
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