Like it or not, there are still many sleeper clubs out there that could become the pet project of billionaire business owners.
Takeover bids have become the new promotion bids for struggling teams. Also-rans are suddenly pushed into the limelight and given unimaginable amounts of money to spend on the world’s best players.
It’s not as simple as just buying a team and expecting success, however, although that doesn’t stop some from trying. QPR and Reading have money, but the Premier League is proving difficult to negotiate.
There needs to be a strong foundation in place of supporters and directors already in place, as well as a base of players who can get the job done around the new talent that is inevitably brought in.
The right ownership is essential to a team’s development. There could be all the money in the world available, but if it’s thrown around by someone with no clue of how to run a football club, everything goes wrong.
Ten clubs that fit some or all of these criteria are included here.