08:30PM, Thursday 09 June 2022
Prior to his departure as Windsor manager, Mark Cooper has revealed he offered a substantial sum of money to buy the club from current owner and director Kevin Stott.
Cooper, who stepped down from his role as Royalists boss at the end of last month - presumably after his offer to buy the club was turned down - believes Windsor could become much more successful if it showed a little more ambition.
Stott is currently in the process of replacing Cooper, who took on the manager’s role for three seasons, and hopes to be able to make a decision on that in the coming weeks. With pre-season on the horizon and friendly matches being fixed up ahead of the new Combined Counties Premier Division North campaign, he's keen to get the right person for the role sorted out quickly. Stott believes Cooper will own a football club in the not-too-distant future but added that wouldn't be possible for him at Stag Meadow.
Responding to those claims, Cooper - who owns a chain of estate agents, said: “I'll probably have a much fuller answer for you very soon but, for now, I'm not going to say anything.
“There’s no secret that I offered Kevin a substantial sum to buy the football club, which he obviously didn’t accept. That’s his prerogative, he’s the owner of the football club. But I just felt that Windsor should be step 3, even a step 2 football club and there’s a lot of scope for it to be very successful and I quite fancied heading up that project if it was possible.
“But it’s his club and it’s his right to turn that down if he wanted to, which he did. I am very ambitious and I'm more than happy to put a lot of time into a project that I think has a good chance of success, but when the chairman says there’s no budget again next year, when there are clubs around you spending small fortunes because they’re ambitious and they want to push forward and move through the leagues, then it doesn’t really tally up with my ambition.
“Whilst I absolutely loved the football club and my time there it ran its course because there was no ambition from the football club. There is so much you could do with Windsor. You can get the youth section involved. Look at the Ascot United model, they’ve got so many youth teams playing there, which makes it a busy facility seven days a week. They've put that into their budget which gives them a good chance of success next season.”
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