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David Platt not part of consortium planning Bristol Rovers takeover

Former England and Arsenal footballer David Platt is not part of a consortium interested in buying Bristol Rovers.

Platt, who also spent time as a first team coach as Manchester City, was reported to have joined part of a consortium with Clive Richardson, the former Palermo chairman, who were interested in a possible takeover.

But Sportsmail has learnt that Platt will not be involved in any approach for the League One club.

David Platt is thought to be part of a consortium interested in buying Bristol Rovers

David Platt is thought to be part of a consortium interested in buying Bristol Rovers

Richardson’s group is separate to the UK consortium who registered their interest in buying the club back in August.  

There have been reports the group could complete a takeover by the end of the week, but Bristol Live have said it is highly unlikely. 

Richardson, who is said to be leading the group, has yet to formally meet with Rovers president Wael Al Qadi. 

Platt worked with businessman Clive Richardson during the takeover of Palermo last year

Platt worked with businessman Clive Richardson during the takeover of Palermo last year

Richardson and Platt were both involved in Sports Capital Group PLC’s purchase of Palermo in December last year. 

Platt acted in a consultancy role and appeared at the press conference to unveil the new owners, while Richardson was on the group’s board until February this year.

Since leaving the group, Richardson is understood to have been involved in a variety of consultancy roles for various sport, technology and marketing firms.

Platt, meanwhile, was last involved in football during his time in charge of Indian side Pune City, but has since spent his time focusing on his management consultancy firm Approach Associates.

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7558771/David-Platt-consortium-planning-Bristol-Rovers-takeover.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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