Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s surprise takeover of ailing Welsh soccer club Wrexham F.C. has been approved by its fan ownership group.
Ryan and the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star first submitted an offer to buy the team from the Wrexham Supporters Trust over the summer, and delivered a virtual presentation of their plans earlier this month.
On Monday club officials announced that members of the supporters’ group had overwhelmingly voted to approve the Hollywood stars’ takeover.
A statement on the club’s website reads: “Subject to final agreement, league and FA confirmation – the RR McReynolds Company, LLC will take 100% control of Wrexham Football Club Limited from the WST.
“Both parties will now proceed with finalizing the details of the takeover, and we will update Wrexham supporters as soon as we can.”
In a Twitter video shared by the club, the actors also promoted the team’s sponsor Ifor Williams Trailers, and confirmed they are now set to become owners.
A message from our owners-elect…
— Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) November 16, 2020
“Why are Rob and I pitching a North Walian trailer manufacturer?” the Deadpool star says in the clip, before Rob adds: “Well, because we just became owners of Wrexham Association Football Club, and they’re our team sponsor.”
In their presentation to fans, the actors promised to make the club, who currently play in the fifth tier of the English league system, a “global force” while maintaining its traditions and not leaving its Racecourse Ground stadium.