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“I have watched Fulham and I know the history and I’ve been to a game here. I just thought about contacting Mr. Al Fayed about a month or so ago just to talk to him, and one thing led to another.”

Khan’s takeover means six of the 20 current Premier League clubs have American ownership, including four with links to NFL teams.

Aston Villa’s Randy Lerner sold the Cleveland Browns last year, the family of Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke own the St. Louis Rams and the Glazer family controls both Manchester United and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Khan said the abuse directed by some United fans at the Glazers over the debt they added to the club did not give him any reservations about buying Fulham.

“They have a right to express themselves,” Khan said. “But on the other hand, I think the world of the Glazers. I think they have done a great job with Man U, so there might be a little difference of opinion.”

Khan said his takeover preserves Fulham’s debt-free status and hopes the association with the Jaguars will help to attract sponsors to the Cottagers.

“Certainly Jacksonville coming to London, that helps getting sponsors, but I’d love for Fulham to come to Jacksonville,” he said, speaking beneath midfielder Kerim Frei’s jersey.

Khan avoided making any lavish claims about how much of his fortune _ estimated by Forbes magazine to be $2.9 billion _ will be invested.

There were also no outlandish targets set for manager Martin Jol, whose tean finished 12th this year in its 12th consecutive season in the Premier League.

Jaguars president Mark Lamping, who has become a director at Fulham, told the AP that Khan “has a philosophy of “hire the best people you can” and then expect results.

Khan made sweeping changes at the Jaguars after the first season following his $760 million-takeover ended in a franchise-worst 2-14 record in 2012.

“Virtually everyone on the football side has been replaced, along with over half of our roster,” Lamping said. “When you don’t achieve to the level you expect … you owe it to your fans who have made an emotional commitment to your team to make changes.”

And Lamping warned that the Jaguars ownership will act as decisively at Fulham.

“Give them the resources, allow them to make decisions, then hold them accountable,” Lamping said.


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