A few weeks ago a heartwarming story took the footballing world by storm when beloved American actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney announced that they were purchasing non-league side Wrexham. It’s not really new that Americans are looking to become more prevalent in football ownership, but this was an interesting move that raised a lot of eyebrows, not least because of the video they put out.
But this week we may have gotten a glimpse at how serious the new owners of Wrexham may be. The Daily Mail reports that former Liverpool CEO Peter Moore met with McElhenney for over two hours in California to discuss the new purchase and direction. Moore has officially been brought in as an advisor for the club.
I’ll provide help as an advisor to the club that gave me so many great moments in the historic seasons of the 70’s, and to the community in which I lived before leaving for the US...not be as an employee or in a full-time capacity, but just as someone that wants to give back..2/2 https://t.co/JNAqMjT5TH— Peter Moore (@PeterMooreLFC) November 29, 2020
While this isn’t the first time that a Liverpool executive has left for new adventures, Moore seems to still have Liverpool fans on his mind with this moore. The former CEO suggests that Reds can get behind Wrexham as their “second team.”
“There are 700,000 people in North Wales and 135,000 in Wrexham. For some up in Liverpool, Wrexham can be a second team.” Moore told the Mail.
“So there’s a tremendous opportunity to bring thousands back when we produce success on the pitch and become a competitive team, which we’re not far away from.
“What the experience of Liverpool tells you is that you start by getting the players who can get you victories, who bring you bigger crowds and sponsors, who bring you players.
“You re-do your stadium. You re-do your training ground. A women’s team is crucial. Though of course, one thing you can’t govern is the ball hitting the back of the net or deflecting off the post.
“It’s got to be sustainable. You don’t go in and flash cash. It’s not through salaries increasing that you grow but a prudent approach to getting the club back to where it belongs, which is in the Football League.”
We’ve seen Liverpool fans root for second teams before, with a lot of Reds getting behind Marine’s push in the FA Cup. I guess time will tell if there’ll be a backing for Wrexham.