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Buck: Tottenham Didn’t Want To Meet With Abramovich About Club Purchase

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck admits club owner Roman Abramovich initially wanted to buy Tottenham, but couldn’t secure a meeting with the North Londoners.

The Russian billionaire, who has pumped more than £500million into Chelsea, had identified Spurs as a possible acquisition before he opted for the west London club.

Buck was discussing the takeover in an interview for upcoming book There’s a Golden Sky, extracts of which have been published in the Daily Telegraph.

“It said that Manchester United would be expensive and the fans would go crazy. Aston Villa was for sale but was in Birmingham and the long-term opportunities were limited,” he explained.

“Tottenham was on the list along with Chelsea. They were in London; they were in financial trouble. Roman’s advisers tried to arrange meetings with Tottenham and Chelsea but for whatever reason, they couldn’t set up a meeting with Tottenham, or Tottenham didn’t want to meet.”

Buck admits that Abramovich had not expected to be at the centre of so much media scrutiny when he first became involved in English football.

He said: “We thought, ‘Yeah, it will be a decent story for a couple of weeks and then Roman will go back and have his private life.’ Because he is a very private guy. He clearly didn’t do things for the notoriety or publicity because that is not him.”

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  1. cjc1882

    September 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

    wow.. whoever failed to pick up the phone that day must be feeling pretty red faced :/

    • totnam

      September 23, 2011 at 10:18 am

      what and end up like them, Russian whores, no thanks.

      • cjc1882

        September 23, 2011 at 10:26 am

        true, but.. £500million.. jheez.. that being said we’d have no youth team, just buy everyone else’s prospects.. but.. £500million..

        • Yiddo

          September 24, 2011 at 8:38 am

          I read this and I’m thinking, hmm I wonder where we would be right now with all that money, but then I think… Chelsea haven’t been clever at all with signings or managers and thats all down to Roman sacks managers because they didn’t win CL.. signs 50mil flops, no I’m glad we never picked up that phone, we are old skool and I’m proud of that..!

  2. buanaz

    September 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

    luckily he didn’t buy spurs.. if not, there will be a lot of fake supporter..

  3. Roy Singh

    September 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

    The fact that this did not materialise pleases many a Spurs fans. Spurs are doing well on their own without being bankrolled. We have a team that can match any.High spending clubs will not deter us, as we have managed our club in an affordable way without compromising our performance.

  4. graeme3

    September 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    10/10 for the guy who didn’t pick up the phone – & just for the record – Spurs were in much better financial shape than Chelsea, who were on the verge of bankruptcy!

    • Essexian76

      September 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      I don’t think he (Uncle Buck) meant that Spurs were in difficulty, I’m certain he referred to Chelsea, who were on the verge of collapse, under Santa Bates’ who’s inflated ego and insistence that Chelsea were a big club and were going to be the Man Utd of the South backfired in spectacular fashion, yeah of course they were. As is cclearly evident, without the Rubles, Chelsea are tiny-weeney compared to either of North London’s heavyweights, why else would Roman want us? Stll, he got the bridesmaid

  5. dixta

    September 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    agreed, Spurs haven’t been in financial trouble since about 1991. Bruce Buck is talking rubbish.
    ENIC didn’t want to sell to Roman, I guess he wasn’t going to offer enough.
    funny that Spurs were his first choice, Chels were the wooden spoon.

  6. George

    September 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Utter bollocks

  7. Terry C

    September 24, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Pity. Say what you want about Chelsea but I’d live to see Spurs win the league – just once – on my lifetime. Wasn’t born in ’61, and it’s highy unlikely we’ll be able to construct a team capable of winning the league without a billionaire owner like Abramovitch.

    Chelsea may be Russian whores, and he nay get bored and fuck off, but at least Chelsea supporters have seen their team win league titles – that’s probably more than most of us will ever see.

  8. Yidango

    September 24, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I thought this was common knowledge?

  9. ballbag

    September 24, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I’ve read this before too – the odd part about this quote is he said ‘both of them were in financial trouble’. I thought he was looking at the investment after Sugar had already balanced the books at spurs?

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