Following a five-game unbeaten spell, West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis capped off an encouraging season on a sour note when Arsenal handed them a 4-1 defeat earlier in the day.
Gunners midfielder Theo Walcott netted the hat trick to serve as a important initiator of the Baggies’ demise, and while most other squads are looking forward to next season with changes to the roster, WBA has a bigger matter on hand.
Chairman Jeremy Peace stated his intentions to sell the club to the right person, and he is supposedly close to doing so for a sum in between £150 million and £200 million, according to The Daily Mail.
When asked about the impending sale of the team, Pulis didn’t have much to offer on the subject and reiterated the importance of finding the right buyer, an owner who can “take the club onto another level.”
He said, via Football365.com: “The chairman’s been very open and very honest with it.
Obviously he’s put it up for sale. I think he wants to get an investor in or someone who can financially take the club onto another level. I don’t think he’d sell it to anybody who can’t do that. If he doesn’t then he’s going to stay.
“Again we’ve talked about budgets and certain things we’d have to do so he’s been very open and honest with it. I’m the same as you.
“Until the takeover takes place, if it does I won’t know exactly who it’s going to be and what they are going to do.”
Peace did assure Pulis that, if a deal were to happen, it would occur in July at the latest. The sale doesn’t seem obligatory at the moment, considering Albion’s owner is not adamant on finalizing a transaction speedily. The hope is likely for a foreign investor to sign on, a person with sufficient funding to catapult the outfit past their usual subpar rank.