West Brom CEO Ron Gourlay responds to supporter questions regarding the future of the Hawthorns


West Brom CEO Ron Gourlay has assured fans that the Hawthorns will not be sold.

There were concerns over the future of the Baggies’ home stadium following recent developments with the club’s owners.

Owner Gouchoun Lai took a £4.95 million loan out of the club earlier this year which led to fears that the stadium could be sold in order to raise further funds.

But the minutes have been released from last month’s Albion Assembly in which the chief executive answered supporter concerns over the future of the ground.

Steve Bruce was in attendance, the first time a West Brom manager has done so, as supporters voiced their questions and concerns over the way the club is being run.

“RG [Ron Gourlay] then addressed fan concerns regarding the club’s accounts, as well as external speculation around the sale of the stadium and/or training ground,” stated the report of the meeting’s minutes, via the club’s official website

“RG stated the club is in the process of responding to queries raised by Shareholders For Albion (S4A) and confirmed he expects the £4.95m loan owed by Wisdom Smart Corporation Limited to be repaid, with interest, by December 31, 2022.

“He also stated that rumours the club is looking to sell the training ground and/or The Hawthorns are categorically untrue and would not happen. 

“RG added the club would not object to a group applying for the stadium to become an Asset of Community Value [ACV].”

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It has been a difficult start to the season for West Brom, with Bruce’s side currently 21st in the Championship table. 

Just one win from nine games has seen the Baggies fall to near the bottom of the league standings heading into October.

Up next for the team is the visit of fellow struggling side Swansea City on 1 October.

The Verdict

Selling the Hawthorns would be a ludicrous decision by the West Brom owners and one that would have to be a last resort.

The loan taken out earlier in the year was not the greatest sign that Gouchoun is concerning himself too much with the future direction of the club.

Supporters have every reason to be voicing their issues, especially at a time when on-pitch results are coincidentally quite poor.

The talent is there in this squad that they should start winning games soon, which will lift the mood around the place, but it is not the greatest environment in the division at the moment for these reasons.

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