Former Everton star Donovan explains advisory role at Swansea City

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Donovan says the club are in good hands with their new American owners.

 

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Former Everton star Landon Donovan has confirmed to NBC Sport that he is currently undertaking an advisory role at Swansea City, offering his insight into the Premier League to the club's new American owners.

Speaking for the first time since taking up his role as part of the American ownership group headed by Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien, who took over at Swansea earlier in summer, Donovan says he has always had an interest in "being an owner of a sports team and a football team in particular", adding that he was happy to share his experiences of the Premier League.

 

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He told NBC Sport's ProSoccerTalk: “The new owners met with me a few months back and said this is likely going to happen and admitted that they didn’t know a lot about football and said ‘we know that you know the game and you’re passionate about it, you played at Everton, spent time in world football and sort of understand it a little better, would you be willing to help us, advise us and consult with us on certain things?’ I said yeah, that would be great and that’s something I am certainly open to."

One point Donovan has already stressed to the new owners is that the ins and outs of owning an American sports team cannot always be translated across the Pacific, adding that many US investors are now doing their best to get a better understanding of the English game.

 

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He added: "I cautioned them and said if you get into this as a business opportunity, you are risking a lot because for the fans of these teams this isn’t about business. This is their life.

"So I think a lot of American owners have gone in very naively in the past and said ‘well, we will do this, this and this’ and they would run it how they’d run a sports team in America. You can’t do that."

 

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Donovan has also subsequently moved to ease fears over the club's identity under the new owners, insisting they will be working with fans in order to help the team progress, with the supporters' trust still holding a 20 per cent stake in the club.

"We don't own the team," he said. "The Swansea City fans own the team. That's the reality and I believe that and they believe that and that's the way it should be."

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