‘See you on the pitch’: Hollywood star Michael B Jordan poses in a Bournemouth jersey for the first time since completing $185m takeover of the English Premier League team in a consortium with Bill Foley
Michael B Jordan looks ready for the English Premier League after posing in a Bournemouth jersey for the first time since the $185m takeover earlier this week.
The Black Panther star is involved in a group led by Bill Foley – the Vegas Golden Knights owner – that have bought the team based on the south coast on England.
And Jordan is clearly excited by his new project. Taking to Twitter with a picture of him in a Bournemouth jersey with his name on the back, he wrote: ‘Honored. See you on the pitch.’
Bournemouth is currently 14th in the Premier League standings, with the season on pause due to the World Cup in Qatar.
Michael B Jordan posed in a Bournemouth jersey for the first time since the $185m takeover
Bournemouth is 14th in the standings of the Premier League and plays next on Dec. 20
Bournemouth plays its next game in the League Cup, against Newcastle, on December 20 before the Premier League campaign restarts on December 27 away to Chelsea.
Foley, Jordan’s partner, was at Bournemouth’s narrow 2-1 win against Leicester on October 8 as the finishing touches were put in place to finalize the deal.
And speaking after completing his takeover, Foley was bullish about how things are going to work at the team.
‘I have looked at several teams over the last two or three years and they all involved minority investment and someone else is already in charge. I don’t like that. I’m a dictator,’ Foley told BBC Radio Solent.
‘When I’m involved, I need to be the captain of the ship. I had to wait for a situation where I could buy the team myself, with my partners of course, and control the destiny of the team.
‘I’ve always said with the Vegas Golden Knights that if there’s a mistake made then it’s on me. I’ll take responsibility and I plan on doing the same thing with AFCB.’
He added: ‘I tell my limited partners, and they know this, there is nothing more limited than being a limited partner of Bill Foley.’
Foley takes Bournemouth on from Swiss-based Russian businessman Maxim Demin, who owned the club for 11 years.
That spell included the Cherries rising up from League One – English soccer’s third tier – to the top-flight in the space of five seasons.
Bill Foley led the takeover and watched Bournemouth play on Oct. 8 in the 2-1 win vs. Leicester
Foley bought the team after looking into how much it would cost for his own MLS side
Foley also told the BBC he had considered starting up his own Major League Soccer team.
‘I’ve looked at it, I examined it, and I was pretty serious about it,’ Foley said. ‘The MLS unfortunately requires a stadium to be built and the stadiums now in the us are costing $600m, $700m.
‘The franchise fee itself is I think $300m. So, you’re into it for a billion dollars before you even have a team. I thought Bournemouth was a bargain really.
‘I’m buying a Premier League team, it’s already got a stadium, it’s already got players and I can improve it. I can make it better. So, I don’t see us being involved in the MLS. I’m just not that interested in it.’