Doncaster Rovers: Louis Tomlinson image rights continue to hold up takeover

Louis Tomlinson
Louis Tomlinson

A press conference to announce Louis Tomlinson and John Ryan’s proposed takeover of Doncaster Rovers is unlikely to go ahead today.

Both parties involved in the deal had hoped to be in a position to make a formal announcement today after a press conference planned for Wembley last Friday had to be postponed due a last minute hitch.

But with negotiations still ongoing regarding ‘minor issues’ to do with the One Direction star’s image rights, a conclusion is still to be reached.

Sources close to the deal, however, insist that talks remain positive.

Tomlinson and his One Direction bandmates are due to perform in Sweden on Friday night as the next leg of their World Tour kicks into gear, and both parties are likely to be keen to wrap up talks before then.

With the deal stalling somewhat, there is a sense of deja vu among some Rovers fans after the club’s build-up to last season was blighted by takeover uncertainty. Heads of terms were signed with Irish-led consortium Sequentia Capital last June, only for the deal to stall and then eventually collapse, causing Ryan to resign as chairman in the process.

But this time there is understood to be goodwill on the part of Rovers to do a deal as quickly as possible, with majority shareholders Terry Bramall and Dick Watson both ready to sell their 23 per cent shareholdings in the club.

Boss Paul Dickov, meanwhile, is continuing to wait patiently for a resolution to the talks.

Transfer dealings have been placed on hold until a conclusion to the takeover talks is reached, with Ryan and Tomlinson believed to be keen on trumping the budget that was put to Dickov by the current owners last month.