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Partner Mark Cook calls Anderlecht acquisition a 'bad' investment: 'We don't even talk about it'

Partner Mark Cook calls Anderlecht acquisition a ‘bad’ investment: ‘We don’t even talk about it’

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In 2017, Mark Cook persuaded his good friend Joris Eddy to buy FC Anderlecht together. Now, nearly five years later, the entrepreneur sees this decision as a “bad investment.”

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Eddy has invested about 15 million euros in the Brussels Football Club, but has not achieved much so far. exactly the contrary. It was a bad investment. Point,” says Eddy at De Tijd. “Because I am not a fan of football, I saw it as a real investment. But it has already been partially crossed out in our books. Although I think Mark will correct that. He once helped KV Oostende advance. Is there any resentment between me and Mark? We don’t even talk about it. We go out regularly to eat something together, but then we don’t have to say a word about it. If you can’t talk about the good things to people in life, just shut up. I’m a manager there, but I’m not interested in the club either. Mark did it for me. Let it be. I made good money from other things in my life. You win a little, you lose a little

According to the entrepreneur, his investment has now fallen by more than half. It seems that “the 15 million euros is now only 7 million.” But Anderlecht is only a small percentage of our origins. With the latest capital increases, my stake has decreased from 12 to 7 percent, otherwise I would have had to invest more in the capital increase. And I’d rather put my money in factories than in football.

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West Fleming was also one of the people who protested the (original) plan for the new Club Brugge stadium.

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“The outside world is now turning that into a dispute between an Anderlecht investor and Club Brugge. Ridiculous. We’ve been the sponsors of Club Brugge for many years, and had a lot of brand awareness because of that. My name still hangs in Jan Bridle by the way, but that’s because Kingspan has kept in the name of the company. Joris Ide continues to be a strong brand name in the world of steel panels and construction.”