Dundalk FC investors Peak6 in talks to takeover French side Saint-Etienne
Dundalk FC investors Peak6 has entered into exclusive talks with the owners of Saint-Etienne about a potential takeover of the French Ligue 1 football club.
A Peak6-led consortium took over the running of Dundalk FC in January with Mike Treacy stepping in as the club’s new chairman.
Saint-Etienne confirmed the development and added that Peak6 would consider “appointing Jérôme de Bontin as president of the club”. De Bontin is a former director of Saint-Etienne’s Ligue 1 rival Monaco who was most recently general manager of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls.
The deal is still subject to consultation with employee representatives and the finalisation of legal documentation.
As well as Dundalk, Peak6 already has minority shareholdings in Italian Serie A club Roma and English Premier League club Bournemouth.
Saint-Etienne’s owners, Bernard Caïazzo and Roland Romeyer, said that they had considered “many different alternatives and buyers” before entering into exclusive talks with Peak6.
“We believe in their deep knowledge of sports, business expertise, and international influence, combined with their passion for football,” they added.
“This new phase will ensure the club is positioned for excellence while keeping its core values. The presence of a French club with American shareholders in the Uefa Europa League final demonstrates the relevance of US shareholders in European football.”
De Bontin said that Peak6 was “extremely proud to enter into exclusive negotiations with Bernard Caïazzo and Roland Romeyer”.
He added: “AS Saint-Etienne is one of the great French clubs with a proud history and strong traditions. We look forward to being a part of the club’s future success.”
Lilywhites co-owner Jordan Gardner has previously spoken about partnering up with Peak6’s network of clubs – with movement of players mooted as a long-term possibility.
At a meeting with fans the YDC earlier this year, Gardner said: “That relationship between clubs could happen over time and we would love for it to happen over time.
“We’ll see where it goes over the next couple of years.
“It’s not going to happen tomorrow but I do envision a scenario where there is some type of collaboration on players or training personnel.
“For us, that network really depends on how all parties feel on it.
“We’re not going to turn to Bournemouth and say, ‘hey we’re picking this guy’ and then turning to our manager and saying, ‘you need to take this guy’.
“We’re not here to reinvent the wheel. We’re here to bring our expertise, whether that’s in data analytics or player recruitment with our connections across global football.”