Southampton announce Partnership with the Gao family

By: William Hall

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Southampton Football Club have today confirmed the partnership with Chinese investors Mr Jinsheng Gao and his daughter Mrs Nelly Gao who will take hold of 80% of the clubs shares. Katharina Liebherr has kept hold of 20% of the shares to make sure she is satisfied with the continuity of the club before an additional investment is made by the Chinese pair.

It is believed that the takeover is in the region of £200m, with the money that the Goa family are bringing into the club, it means the club should become more financially stable in the future. To a lot of Saints fans, this is great as it could mean they can stop selling their best players and start to challenge for the top six in the Premier League.

I wouldn’t expect Southampton to suddenly start splashing the cash and bringing a number of big names to the club as it is not how the club like to run. Over the years, Southampton have been one of the best for bringing up players through the ranks and giving young players chances in the first team which has seen many worldwide stars get started in their careers.

It looks like it could be a step in the right direction for the South Coast club, which could see them start to challenge for the top six places in the very new future.

What are your thoughts Saints fans?

Below are the statements made by both Katharina Liebherr and Mr Gao.

Katharina Liebherr’s statement

I am pleased to confirm that talks to bring in a new partner to our club have been concluded.

Following extensive and fruitful work, we are entering into a partnership with the Gao family and I am excited about what we will achieve together.

Today is the start of a new and exciting chapter for our club. Mr Jisheng Gao and his daughter, Mrs Nelly Gao, with whom I have built a close relationship, share our values and ambitions. As a team, we will strive to build upon the strong foundation that is in place towards sustainable long-term success.

Mr Gao, Nelly and I have full trust in Ralph Krueger and his management team. We wholeheartedly support their plans to follow the Southampton Way in the years ahead.

But for now it is business as usual at Southampton Football Club and we must allow everyone at the club to focus on the first few weeks of the new season.

I would like to thank the passionate supporters of the club for their ongoing loyalty and faith, and I look forward to seeing you soon at St Mary's.

We March On.

Katharina Leibherr

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Mr Gao’s statement

I am honoured and humbled to become a partner of Southampton Football Club alongside Katharina Liebherr, who, together with her father, has been such a great steward of the club, its growth and success.

Together, we have the passion and motivation to build on Southampton’s excellent progress in recent years as we look forward to an exciting next chapter for the club.

Credit: Southampton Football Club

About William Hall

Will is a Saints fan and a football writer. He is also a good player.