Subject to approval by the Swiss Football League, Yverdon-Sport passes under the American banner. President Mario Di Petrantonio sold 90% of his shares to investors from across the Atlantic.
The man who brought Yverdon-Sport from Classic League One to the Super League during his nine years as chairman asserts that this sale is “an opportunity for the city, the canton and Switzerland”. With its new owners, Yverdon Sport will remain in the Premier League. as long as possible. With the best possible arrangement,’ confirms the former chief.
The new president is Jeffrey Saunders. This American, who presided over Portuguese club Estoril for four years, is one of the new shareholders behind Jamie Welch, the tough guy in this American referee who made his fortune in energy.
The club’s general manager, Marco Degennaro, believed that “the arrival of such a group was essential”. We achieved a miracle last season by getting promoted to the Premier League. It would have taken another to maintain it if we couldn’t count on the arrival of Jamie Welch, he explains. We will now have the means to realize our ambitions.
However, no number was released during the press conference sanctioning this handover. Jeffrey Saunders revealed that the budget will be increased. Promises that the transfer period will be lively. Again, we want to invest for the long term in Yverdon. We want to develop the infrastructure, that is, to develop the stadium, and to consider establishing a sports village. The academy and the women’s team will also be part of our project.
Geoffrey Saunders says he is convinced an investment in a club of the size of Everdon can pay off. We are bringing new skills to Scouts. He insists that we can create value. The new boss is expected to be very quick at this juncture. Retaining forward Brian Baer, a great craftsman in the promotion, would be the expected sign of giving substance to this sweet speech.