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EXCLUSIVE: Right to Dream Academy owner Tom Vernon completes takeover of Danish giants Nordsjaelland

Published on: 15 December 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Right to Dream Academy owner Tom Vernon completes takeover of Danish giants Nordsjaelland
Tom Vernon is the new chairman of Nordsjaelland

Tom Vernon, the founder of Ghana-based football academy, Right to Dream has been named the new chairman of Nordsjaelland after leading a group of investors to complete a takeover of the Danish club.

Tom Vernon led the Pathways Group, where he is a director, to buy the 90% stake of Nordsjaelland from Allan K. Pedersen to become the new owners in a move which will be made official on January 1, 2016.

Vernon, a former scout of Manchester United was then immediately named as the new chairman of the Danish giants as one of the several major changes being made at the club.

"I believe that the time has come to take the next step in FC Nordsjaelland's history for the next step up the ladder, and therefore this will be the right thing for the club with the new ownership with Tom Vernon headed," outgoing chairman Alan Pedersen announced.

"FCN has always been to my heart, and I want the best for FCN and our fantastic dedicated employees.

"Precisely for this reason, I also believe that Tom can lead the club forward in cooperation with the skillful organization FCN possess."

Alan Pedersen referred to Tom Vernon's immense success in Ghana where he has set up a thriving football academy which has produced some of the best players from the West African country in recent years as the main reason for his decision to handover the club to the Brit.

He hopes this solid track record will be replicated at his club which has struggled in recent years to produce top notch talents and remain highly competitive since winning their first league championship in the 2011/12 season.

"Tom Vernon is the founder of the 'Right to Dream' academy in Ghana, he has spent 16 years to build up, which is founded on many of the same values ​​reflected in FC Nordsjælland, namely the possibility to give talent a chance," Pedersen added.

Tom Vernon in taking over the club says he intends to revive Nordsjaelland's culture of bringing through quality players as he has done in Ghana with his Right to Dream Academy.

"FC Nordsjælland is a club with a strong culture that is rooted in a desire to develop young talent," he said.

"It has the club and the Football Cooperation Zealand (FSN) made by building one of the best talent academies in Scandinavia.

"We see the acquisition of FCN as a unique opportunity to create a partnership between academia from a long-term strategy, which aims to develop some of the best players and thereby reinforce FC Nordsjælland."

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