...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
In the past, sceptics ridiculed the non-league Wrexham football club when it was revealed that two Hollywood stars had bought it.
The critics claimed that the duo, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, had made a PR stunt as they had no experience in running a football club.
However, if Wrexham beat Boreham Wood on Saturday night, they will secure promotion back to the Football League for the first time since 2008.
This is a remarkable achievement, thanks to the ownership of Reynolds and McElhenney, who have invested not only £10 million but also their time, passion and caring attitudes into the National League outfit.
Reynolds and McElhenney’s ownership of the Wrexham club has been a source of inspiration to the people of Wrexham.
The duo has gone above and beyond by investing in the club and the community.
They even got the mobile numbers of all the squad to enquire about their welfare on and off the pitch.
Reynolds has bought a house in the area and embraced the community, understanding his responsibility towards them.
The support and trust placed in the right people have contributed to the club’s success.
They have avoided interference and ill-judged decisions.
On the other hand, the owner of Chelsea football club, Todd Boehly, has shown little regard for investing in the right people.
Instead, he has spent obscene amounts of cash on over-priced players, firing and hiring managers, and breaking bread with Real Madrid bigwigs. Chelsea is struggling to find form, and Boehly is destroying the club brick by brick.
Reynolds and McElhenney’s Wrexham story is proof that some foreign owners can have the right intentions and act on them accordingly.
They have shown that investing in the right people and community can be a winning formula.
It is essential to support local football clubs as they are the lifeblood of the community. It is also vital for owners to invest in the right people and avoid ill-judged decisions.