Rob McElhenney responds to exclusion of Wrexham AFC from survival fund
Rob McElhenney has responded to the exclusion of Wrexham AFC from a survival fund.
The club, which is being taken over by the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor, and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, won’t be included in the Sports Winter Survival Package that has been announced for spectator sports.
The UK government has offered clubs in the National League and League North and South a £11m loan to cover expenses from January to March.
However according to Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) it has been told the club is not eligible as it is in Wales, despite playing in the English pyramid system.
Rob McElhenney responded to the news by saying: “We don’t need their money.” He also added a Welsh flag and smiling face emojis.
The actor recently announced that he and Ryan Reynolds have made a donation to the club. They say to allow it to “make some moves” because the handover would not be completed before the transfer window closes.
He said: “Update: the @wrexhamafc takeover is still not 100% official and unfortunately it appears the handover will not be complete before the transfer window closes. So Ryan and I have made a donation to the Club to allow them (us? 🙏 ) to make some moves. Up the town! #WrexhamIsTheName”.
Following the news about the Sports Winter Survival Package the WST said: “This news was revealed in a response to a question posed by club officials at a meeting with fellow National League clubs.
“The result means that Wrexham AFC are the only club out of 66 fellow National League members to be excluded from further funding.”
Formed in 1864, the club is the third oldest professional football team in the world.
It now competes in the National League, which is the fifth tier of the English Football League system. It is hoped by many supporters that Reynolds and McElhenney can bring back the glory days if they do takeover the club.
They have promised to plough £2 million into the club and have said that they want it to be a “global force”. They have also pledged to “always beat Chester”.
They celebrated their bid to become the owners of Wrexham AFC being accepted by the club’s supporters’ trust by pitching a hilarious advert for club sponsor Ifor Williams trailers in the viral video. It caused a sensation on Twitter and racked up 500,000 views in an hour.