11:59 am - 05/31/2014

Louis Tomlinson to save his sorry ass: Rovers confirm One Direction star in talks to take over

Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is in talks with the owners about a proposed takeover.

A spokesperson for the football club told The Independent: “Following reports in the media, the owners of Doncaster Rovers can confirm that they have been approached and dialogue has taken place with external parties about a proposed takeover.

“At this stage the club is not in a position to comment further about the level and detail of those discussions but will do so as soon as it is legally possible.

“The owners are looking to ensure a swift resolution to the discussions to ensure that this does not impact adversely on the summer transfer activity.

“Any decision made by the current owners will focus on for what is best for Doncaster Rovers in both the short and long term.”

Earlier, it was reported that the Doncaster-born singer and lifelong Rovers fan will team up with John Ryan, the former owner of the club before it was sold to the Keepmoat group, to form a trust and take over the relegated side.

Ryan  ̶  the 52-year-old multi-millionaire who founded cosmetic surgery clinic Transform  ̶  currently retains a quarter of the share of the team, but will apparently buy Rovers outright with Tomlinson through the trust.

It is thought that Tomlinson and Ryan will then act as co-chairmen.

“He’s putting everything into it,“ a source told The Sun. ”This is his passion project — and it will happen. He’s putting everything into it because of his love for the side.

“John is the business brains. He’s incredibly experienced and Louis is learning so much from him.

“They want the deal to go through by July in time for the start of the new season. It’s at an advanced stage.”

The 21-year-old star, who was signed to the Doncaster Rovers squad in August 2013 despite never having played higher than Sunday League football, drew more than 2,000 extra fans when he took to the pitch to play for the reserves in February.

It is hoped that Tomlinson’s own fame and fandom will help encourage investors to the struggling side, who were recently relegated from the Championship to League One.

“He and John have very ambitious plans for the club. They want to get back to the Championship within a year, and into the Premiership within three years.”

Tomlinson found himself in the eye of a media storm this week, when a video he shot with bandmate Zayn Malik on tour in Peru, in which they appeared to be smoking marijuana, surfaced online.

“The timing of the Peru video has really upset him because he doesn’t want anything to jeopardise the deal, which is very commercially sensitive and worth a seven-figure sum,” the source continued.

Tomlinson is yet to comment on the reports himself.


lmao he tryin

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lipkinlip 31st-May-2014 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised your commenting
electricknight 31st-May-2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
I think you just lost the Garbo mystique by commenting
jongdashian 31st-May-2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
mymanhas2jobs 31st-May-2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
zyuranger 31st-May-2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
ophiodeiros 31st-May-2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
i didn't know you were allowed to post comments. lol good for you though
soavantgarde 31st-May-2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
lmao buying out a soccer team so you can play for them like... have some dignity
vespertinev 31st-May-2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
It's Lewis. Like he'd even know what that is.
keskt 31st-May-2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
tbf he was already playing for them before this, so he doesn't need to buy them for that reason
ms_v_nessa 31st-May-2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
ikr, embarrassing
lunaserenade 31st-May-2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
I just want to hear a comment from him about everything that happened. At least Liam has been trying to apologize on everyone's behalf.
charlotte14 31st-May-2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
Liam apologising and Louis and Zayn continuing to not just looks messy
hummingmymelody 31st-May-2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
He's only apologizing so people can pat him on the bum.
grandmascorner 31st-May-2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
He'll apologies for smoking weed and leave it there
vespertinev 31st-May-2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
Did Liam apologize when he fucked up? I don't really remember.
ms_v_nessa 31st-May-2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
not really, but I think people were just happy that he stopped tweeting and being messy at the time.

from my perspective, he would need to apologize for being dumb as hell. I don't think he is a homophobe - he's so dumb and didn't realize what "family values" implies to people who follow current events/politics. I believe him when he was trying to explain that he just meant that he liked the show and their family on said show.
ophiodeiros 31st-May-2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
surprised he didn't get into a 20-page selfrighteous rant showing his ass but then again he wasn't the one exposed as racist and homophobic this time
charlotte14 31st-May-2014 06:22 pm (UTC)
he takes his football 'career' more serious than his actual singing career wtf
mv75 31st-May-2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
arcticmonkeys 31st-May-2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
and he's complete shit at both i can't
ezzykoenig 31st-May-2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
doughnutholes 31st-May-2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
LMAFO. And he doesn't even look good flopping at both.
lennoxs 31st-May-2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
too true
arielazul_22 31st-May-2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
cranberryfitch 31st-May-2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
bloolikejazz 31st-May-2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
lol @ you calling what he does singing
ellaellaeheheh 31st-May-2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
I can't with him on twitter but not even saying anything. He is tragic.
doughnutholes 31st-May-2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
I can imagine his disgusting rat face contorting into a smug look of superiority that he's not going to address it. Fuck him!
mymanhas2jobs 31st-May-2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
your icon ♥
klippshaw 31st-May-2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
fuck this asshole
new_peteland 31st-May-2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
Douche, but if I was really rich I'd be buying the mighty Glasgow Rangers and appointing myself the chairwoman.
biene 31st-May-2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
yassss to the Mighty Glasgow Rangers
new_peteland 31st-May-2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
blazevxi 31st-May-2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
At this rate, you probably don't need to be a millionaire
lennoxs 31st-May-2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
camila12j 31st-May-2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
all of them are such assholles
bloolikejazz 31st-May-2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
this is like someone's parents buying a university a new wing so their dumb kid can get into college
espressotorte 31st-May-2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
Super fans should NEVER buy a team
shanniesaysyo 31st-May-2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
does he like... actually play for them? i'm so confused about his "football career" or whatever.
mymanhas2jobs 31st-May-2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
yeah on a non contract basis, he's done several charity matches and stuff
emptyobsidian 31st-May-2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
It is still sort of confusing to me because like...I have never heard of a random celebrity just playing for an NFL team out of nowhere. Doesn't he have to be somewhat good?
byronlord 31st-May-2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
They're all such assholes

Good luck with that football career that you speak of, Louis.
doughnutholes 31st-May-2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
hotfuzz85 31st-May-2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
What's his net worth? I really want to know. I thought most ex-boyband members go broke after a while and they'll usually do reunions for that reason alone?
mymanhas2jobs 31st-May-2014 07:22 pm (UTC)
iirc he and liam are the richest members of the band because they write the most songs for the band, louis writes more than liam does though
petecarl 1st-Jun-2014 12:57 am (UTC)
matt <3<3<3
hotfuzz85 1st-Jun-2014 02:28 am (UTC)
Lol. Of course he's a songwriter. I guess he can afford to fritter away some money.
hormones 31st-May-2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
around 18-20 million pounds i think, he's the highest paid 1D member
gustavq 31st-May-2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
When is he gonna apologize for Ur So Gay tho
spassbremse123 31st-May-2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
Ur So Gay? Wasn't that Katy Perry?
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