If you had to make a list of some of the most respected individuals in all of football, Gino Pozzo would undoubtedly be right at the top.
He was born and raised in an Italian family that was filled with enthusiastic football fans. Growing up, he supported a wide range of clubs – and that was before his parents purchased a club of their own in Italy in the 1980s. Educated in the United States, Gino Pozzo eventually graduated with a degree from the esteemed Harvard Business School. When he returned to his home country, he realized that his path was set out for him. He had no interest in taking over the family business at all.
Instead, he wanted to run a professional football club as best he could.
After the English Premier League team it Watford announced that it was going up for sale, Gino Pozzo swooped in. The team itself was not known for its talent, but that was okay. Pozzo saw it as an issue with poor management – something that he considered himself to be uniquely situation to turn around.
The fact that Gino Pozzo fell in love with both the city of Watford and its culture was a happy bonus.
Flash forward to today, and he is currently in the process of closing a deal for a new club. Not only is he on the verge of an agreement, but he also has American investors already secured – a critical step of a fast-moving process that many will be paying close attention to moving forward.
The Continued Expansion of Gino Pozzo’s Club Portfolio
According to the news report, Gino Pozzo is currently in the process of expanding the number of clubs that he owns by becoming directly involved with Sabadell. The original information, which came from the online publication Sport.es, says that the deal is in the process of closing and Gino Pozzo will be directly involved in the management of the club moving forward.
In addition to having an ownership stake at Watford Football Club in England, Gino Pozzo also owns Udinese in Italy. Both of these things are further proof of how deep his love for the sport actually goes. By all accounts, he is currently brokering the arrival of a new American inventory who will also help get the Spanish club promoted to La Liga.
Things are said to be “on the verge” of closing the deal which, as is true with so many things in the world of business, is difficult to interpret. Having said that, one thing is for certain: the direction of the Spanish club is about to change and for Gino Pozzo, that is very much a good thing.
It has been indicated that talks with the current president of the club, Esteve Calzada, are in the “final stages.” Once an agreement has been reached that all parties are satisfied with, Gino Pozzo will then fully take over.
As mentioned, Gino Pozzo is planning on bringing an American-based group of investors into the equation. All of this is being done with the most important benefit of all: improving the quality of the team both on and off the field in the future.
If everything goes as all parties hope, the deal itself will be ready by November 2022. At that point, they can move in the January 2023 transfer market – marking the beginning of the Gino Pozzo era of the club and hopefully a new, positive beginning for both fans and players alike.
Interestingly, it has been said that discussions between Gino Pozzo and the club’s current owner Esteve Calzada actually began earlier in the summer of 2022. Although things are ongoing, it is said that the “final details” have yet to be truly cemented. For the short-term, Gino Pozzo and his team will be involved in the management aspect of the club without actually taking full control as they will when the deal itself is formalized in the not-too-distant future.
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