Paul Conway has sent a message to Scottish clubs that he is willing to do business as clubs feel the chill of a dramatic fall in income.
Earlier this season Conway headed up a consortium that attempted to buy Partick Thistle to put the Glasgow outfit alongside Barnsley and Swiss side Thun.
Conway operates clubs strictly as a business, using data and analysis to recruit and sell players with the money reinvested in new recruits.
New deals for Allan McGregor, Steve Davis and Jermain Defoe wouldn’t get past base point in the business model but it’s unlikely that any Scottish club outside of Celtic would close the door on Conway.
The current suspension looks like bringing a number of clubs to their knees but where some see crisis headlines others sense an opportunity.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Conway said:
We want to take this opportunity in the current environment to say to clubs in Scotland, we are open for business.
We are hearing there might be more flexibility with regard to dual ownership, which might be a good thing during this difficult period for clubs.
We can move fast for the right opportunity in the Scottish league and we are open to creative deals.’
We would look to bring the same methods we employ with our other clubs such as Barnsley – which is a young team, data-led, balancing a budget sensibly. We would look to run a club as a proper business.
To that end we have told the SFA and the league to feel free to get the word out that we are open to conversations with Scottish clubs.
UEFA has also suggested that their Financial Fair Play regulations could be relaxed as football attempts to recover from circumstances that no-one could have predicted just two months ago.