Doncaster Rovers: Tomlinson’s takeover is a Don deal

Louis Tomlinson will today be confirmed as the new co-owner of Doncaster Rovers
Louis Tomlinson will today be confirmed as the new co-owner of Doncaster Rovers

Rovers are today set to announce the takeover of the club by former chairman John Ryan and One Direction star Louis Tomlinson.

The Star understands the issues holding up the pair’s takeover have now been resolved.

Confirmation of the deal is expected from the club some time today and a press conference has been planned for 4pm tomorrow in London, barring any last minute hitches.

Contracts have now been exchanged between the duo and current Rovers major shareholders Terry Bramall and Dick Watson.

The full takeover is expected to be completed in July.

Bramall and Watson had already agreed in principle to sell their respective 24 per cent stakes to Ryan and Tomlinson.

But issues over the image rights of the Bessacarr-born pop superstar had threatened to derail the process.

It is understood the management company of Tomlinson and his One Direction bandmates were exploring whether they would be due royalties from any profits which arose from the 22-year-old’s association with Rovers.

Negotiations over this sticking point are said to have reached a successful conclusion, paving the way for Tomlinson to complete his takeover.

And several minor issues with Bramall and Watson have been thrashed out.

The Star understands Ryan and Tomlinson will purchase the nine per cent stake of fourth largest shareholder David Blunt as part of their takeover.

With Ryan’s existing 24 per cent stake, the pair will own almost 82 per cent of the club.

Tomlinson and Ryan will this morning discover what their first League One fixture in charge will be, with the announcement of next season’s fixtures.

Rovers were yesterday drawn away to York City in the first round of the Capital One Cup.