No rush in Wanderers sale, says FFA

April 10, 2013
By James MacSmith

Football Federation Australia says it is in no rush to sell its star new franchise Western Sydney Wanderers as the fledgling A-League club faces the biggest game of its short existence on Friday.

The Wanderers face off against defending champions Brisbane Roar in a semi-final at Parramatta Stadium for a spot in the grand final in its inaugural year.

The Wanderers' incredible story is already unprecedented in the rich annals of Australian sport and should the club continue to develop its stunning first year success through to the grand final and even further to a title win, its attraction in the eyes of potential buyers will only continue to grow.

The FFA is eyeing off an ownership model similar to that used in Germany's Bundesliga where the community or the game's governing body would hold a 51 per cent share in the Wanderers and private ownership would hold a 49 per cent share.

Regardless of whether Friday's semi-final was an opportunity to showcase the Wanderers' wares to potential suitors, chief executive David Gallop said the FFA was taking its time to consider its options.

"We are in a very preliminary stage looking at some models of ownership," Gallop said.

"We know from overseas in the Bundesliga in Germany that 51 per cent, 49 per cent split between private ownership and community ownership and that is a possible approach."

The Wanderers can progress to the A-League grand final in their debut year on Friday, a possibility considered almost impossible when they gathered for their first training session in July without enough contracted players to fill a side and when they went scoreless in their opening three games.

"At the moment we are just enjoying their success and that (the sale) is something we will work on further down the track," Gallop said.