Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Marwan a Man on a Mission ; EXCLUSIVE: Salford's Maverick Owner Tells Neil Barker He Is Capable of Adding Oldham's Football and Rugby Clubs to His Sporting Portfolio

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Marwan a Man on a Mission ; EXCLUSIVE: Salford's Maverick Owner Tells Neil Barker He Is Capable of Adding Oldham's Football and Rugby Clubs to His Sporting Portfolio

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MARWAN Koukash says he has the cash to own three of Greater Manchester's professional sporting clubs - and build his own stadium.

The Salford Reds Devils owner has told M.E.N. Sport that he will press ahead with plans to buy both Oldham Rugby League club and Oldham Athletic Football Club.

Koukash has held what he terms 'productive talks' with Oldham RL chairman Chris Hamilton to discuss a takeover and the building of a new stadium in Oldham to house both clubs. And the horse racing magnate insists he can run and support all three clubs.

He told M.E.N. Sport: "Why can I not take charge of three clubs? "I know I can and I fully intend to. I have the ability to go and do this.

"It has been done before and I know can do it.

"Owning three clubs can work and they can all prosper - it's not a problem.

"The talks I had with Chirs Hamilton on Tuesday night were extremely productive.

"We still have a lot to do but I am very hopeful things will come off pretty soon."

Koukash is keen to build a new stadium to rehouse both Oldham clubs.

Oldham Athletic's Boundary Park ground is in desperate need of renovation while the rugby club's Whitebank Stadium is equally run down.

"I would like to reach a deal with both clubs and then look at building what would be a sporting destination in Oldham with a new stadium," revealed Koukash.

"This would not only be a focal point for rugby league and football but it could also house other sports such as basketball and netball.

"I know for a fact I can look after the interests of all three clubs and make them all a major force.

"I am now more of a facilitator as opposed to being the doer and I have a great team around me.

"The administration team around me is very good - successful in business - and they share my sporting vision.

"They are fully aware of what I am wanting to do for this region.'' Rugby Football League bosses confirmed this week they would not stand in Koukash's way if he decides to buy the Oldham club in addition to owning Super League Salford. …

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