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Khan wants sustainable model for Fulham

last updated Tuesday 26th September 2017, 1:28 PM


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Fulham owner Shahid Khan has revealed he wants to build the club's success on a sustainable model, as opposed to spending "a large fortune to make a small one".

Mr Khan was speaking ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars' game with the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley on the weekend.

He took over the club from Mohamed Al Fayed in July 2013 with the ambition of returning the club to the Premier League and has since employed son Tony as vice chairman and Director of Football Operations, giving him control of the club's recruitment process.

Being ranked at number 158 of Forbes billionaire list, it would be easy to inject a large amount of cash for instant success like Machester City, but Mr Khan has no interest in doing that and wants to build a sustainable model and future for Fulham.

He said: "I think you have to have a sustainable model.

For me, Fulham was there way before my time and it will be there way after I'm gone so what makes it sustainable shouldn't be reliant on somebody's bank account.

"It's about developing the players, the Academy and retaining the category one status, we enjoy a great location in the city and the Riverside Stand so there can be more money invested in the squad.

"My approach has been, I don't want to come and make a small fortune by spending a large fortune so there's been a huge amount of investment and there will be in the future but it's something that will be sustainable."

Mr Khan also believes the club need the right strategy to return and thrive in the Premier League, as opposed to becoming a yo-yo club like a number of Championship clubs have become in the past years.

He added: "They (the clubs) may think they're richer, but with the contracts and what have you they won't stay rich for too long, so spending money and getting promoted but going right down isn't the right strategy, certainly not for Fulham or myself.

"We looked at the PL and my son Tony has been involved on a grand stage so for us we want to get promoted and have a strategy where we stay there for the long haul and do it in a responsible manor where Fulham can be there long after we're gone."























Source Ryan O'Donovan at GetWestLondon

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