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