There’s an excellent article in Get French Football News.
Some comments have been published in the Shields Gazette about the way President of the GACP investment fund, Joseph DaGrosa, thinks about business – and probably life in general.
The Billionaire owns the French club Bordeaux, and there has been plenty of news over the past few weeks that he is trying to buy Newcastle United.
He has former Man United and Chelsea CEO Peter Kenyon working with him on the deal.
If the bid is successful, then Peter would become the CEO at Newcastle.
And presumably, Lee Charnley would leave when Mike Ashley eventually sells Newcastle and gives new hope to our fans.
President of GACP – Joseph DaGrosa
DaGrosa is keen to buy Newcastle.
But his reported potential bid – £125M upfront and then £175M over three years – is unlikely to be accepted by Mr. Miser – Mike Ashley.
However, some improvement to that bid could become acceptable.
This is what DaGrosa has said:
“You learn most from challenges. Failure is when you hit a challenge and give up.”
“In the immortal words of Winston Churchill: ‘Never, never, never give up’ – and that has been a theme of mine. It’s worked for me.”
“I like to take calculated risks.”
“The common theme of most successful people is that they’ve had to deal with challenges, whether that be generals or politicians or anyone.”
“History has taught me, people who have had success, they’ve not had a cakewalk.”
“I was a student in London at 20 in 1985. I happened to walk into a book store and picked a book off the shelf randomly.”
“It happened to be the life of Benjamin Disraeli.”
“I read it once, then again and again. It really resonated with me.” “He rose from people doubting whether he’d get into politics to Prime Minister.”
“Soccer, when I was growing up, I did not know who played it. It wasn’t until I went to high school at maybe 14 that I saw anyone playing the game.”
“Pele put it on the map. I am from Yonkers outside New York. Pele came to the Cosmos and then it took off”
” It didn’t have an impact on the big four sports but it was then on the map.”
“I looked at football through the prism of a business opportunity rather than a love for the game.”
The big four sports in the US are (American) football, baseball, basketball, and hockey.
We have found in life that successful people (both men and women), as well as being bright and talented, etc. – must have the staying power.
And steady perseverance is a significant factor in anybody’s success.
When things get really tough, it’s just too easy to walk away – but that’s often what happens.
Let’s hope DaGrosa perseveres and buys Newcastle United.
Peter Kenyon is very well known in world football and has lots of contacts and would presumably replace the little known and sometimes incompetent Lee Charnley.
All we would need then is a new manager – somebody like Rafa Benitez or even Jose Mourinho to take the team forward.