The papers are swirling in England: with Huddersfield City’s takeover by a thriller North American investor now accomplished, followers understandably wish to know who’s set to take the reigns of the struggling English Championship aspect.

Whereas some early rumours have indicated that Vancouver Whitecaps possession group is concerned, we posit to you one other chance: that this hearsay received town appropriate, however the homeowners improper.

Enter SixFive Sports activities and Leisure.

The North American possession consortium at present owns and operates two Canadian Premier League sides, Pacific FC and Vancouver FC, and we’d reportedly beforehand that one of many causes the CPL’s personal Director of Soccer joined forces with them was their ambitions to develop into European soccer membership possession.

We’d heard that ambition was particularly targeted on English soccer, and may verify that SixFive Sports activities and Leisure has actively engaged with a number of European golf equipment which have been listed in the marketplace.

The group’s latest staff, Vancouver FC, is ready to launch this 12 months and not too long ago despatched three of their very own gamers to coach with Huddersfield City, which is sort of the coincidence.

SixFive Sports activities and Leisure is a enterprise backed by an possession consortium led by Dean Shillington (the President of Knightsbridge Capital, a hefty asset-based lender based mostly in Vancouver), former Canadian nationwide staff gamers Rob Buddy and Josh Simpson, and a privately held funding agency from Toronto known as Starlight Investments.

This group helped launch Pacific FC in 2019, with Vancouver FC coming into the fold this season. They’ve concurrently branched out into modular soccer stadium development by means of SixFive Stadiums.

Whereas the possession group has remained quiet relating to its potential involvement within the Huddersfield City takeover, there’s actually sufficient items to the puzzle that to it a really actual chance – although that is removed from any concrete affirmation.

Pacific FC CEO Rob Friend
Pacific FC received a home league title in its third season. (Photograph Credit score: John Jacques)

For what it’s price, the homeowners behind Vancouver FC have been misidentified because the Whitecaps earlier than: Mexican media had reported that Membership Puebla teenager Cristian Mares was set for the Whitecaps just for him to land with Vancouver FC, and weeks later the very same factor occurred with Liga MX veteran Gael Sandoval.

As a more moderen entity, the Canadian Premier League (and thus, homeowners of its golf equipment) aren’t the primary to spring to thoughts on a worldwide scale – although that isn’t indicative of an absence of capital or funding energy.

Returning focus to SixFive Sports activities and Leisure, we’d heard the scope of their curiosity in European soccer will prolong past only one membership – and maybe on divisions decrease than the English Championship.

Whoever in the end pans out to be the Huddersfield City purchaser, former proprietor Dean Hoyle bought them a 100% shareholding stake this week, subjective to the completion of legislative and governance procedures.

Huddersfield City are at present third from the underside of the English Championship and are in for a relegation battle.