While the American billionaire David Blitzer, owner of Crystal Palace, has positioned himself to buy AS Saint-Étienne, another candidate has declared himself and even taken pole to buy ASSE, it is the Canadian John Chayka, who owns investment firm JKC Capital.
April 14, 2021. AS Saint-Étienne is officially on sale. The KPMG firm is then mandated to find investors likely to take over from Roland Romeyer and Bernard Caïazzo, presidents of the management board and the supervisory board since 2004 who can no longer bear each other and who have multiple points of disagreement. Despite some concrete approaches and others less so (like the bogus offer from the Cambodian prince Norodom Ravichak), the Greens are still led by the tandem, Roland Romeyer still being in Forez while Bernard Caïazzo is expatriated in Dubai. With a catastrophic sporting situation and a rescue in extremis against Nantes on the last day of Ligue 1, the Greens will have to snatch their place in L1 this Thursday against AJ Auxerre in the play-off.
Despite this chaotic situation, ASSE arouses the greed of two investors. The first is known and is called David Blitzer. The American businessman, whose personal fortune amounts to five billion dollars, is already co-owner of Crystal Palace (Premier League), Augsburg (Bundesliga) and Den Haag (Belgium) in football or even Philadelphia Sixers in the NBA. But the multiclub side puts off the Caiazzo-Romeyer duo, who don’t really want to see the Saint-Etienne club become a club among the others in the Blitzer galaxy.
John Chayka and very interested in ASSE
But according to our information, another candidate, who only wants to buy one club, has appeared. Canadian businessman John Chayka is very interested in the idea of buying the 18th in Ligue 1, but leaving his identity intact. To the point of having made an offer according to our information.
John Chayka, former general manager of the Arizona Coyotes hockey team, made his fortune in the sport and toured Europe aiming to buy a European club. After having set their sights on Standard Liège, Chayka and his associates were then overtaken by 777 Partners… the current owner of Red Star in France. It now remains to be seen whether JKC Capital will have more success with the emblematic French club which is playing its survival in Ligue 1 this week…