NFL legend Tom Brady has recently been announced as a new minority shareholder of Birmingham City, a football club. He will play a hands-on role in the club, working closely with the board and members of the leadership team. This partnership came about through Brady’s collaboration with Knighthead Capital Management LLC.
Brady’s extensive experience and success in the NFL, including winning seven Super Bowls, make him a valuable addition to Birmingham City. As the chairman of the new advisory board, he will bring his expertise and perspective to help the club achieve its goals, particularly in their quest to return to the Premier League.
The 46-year-old quarterback is widely regarded as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. Throughout his 23 seasons in the NFL, he has achieved numerous accolades and records, including being named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player three times.
Expressing his excitement about joining Birmingham City, Brady stated, “Birmingham City is an iconic club with a rich history and passionate fanbase. It is truly an honor for me to be part of the Blues. I believe in teamwork and determination, and I am eager to work alongside the board, management, and players to elevate our Second City club to new heights.”
Tom Wagner, the chairman of the board, emphasized the significance of Brady’s involvement, stating, “Tom Brady joining the Birmingham City team is a clear statement of our ambition. We strive for excellence on a global scale, and Tom’s investment and commitment, both financially and through his expertise, demonstrate that. As the chair of the advisory board, Tom will have a direct impact on the club, benefiting not only the men’s, women’s, and academy teams but also enhancing our focus on nutrition, health, wellness, and recovery in the world of football.”
This move aligns with Birmingham City’s commitment to bringing in experts from the sports and football industry to drive future success. With the likes of Garry Cook as CEO, Hope Powell as Women’s Technical Director, and now Tom Brady on board, the club is off to a promising start. The leadership team believes that success takes time but with great leaders in place, anything is possible.
It is worth noting that Tom Brady retired from the NFL at the end of the 2022 season.
Tom Brady, the legendary seven-time Super Bowl winner, has made a major investment in Championship club Birmingham City. The NFL quarterback recently purchased an 18-percent stake in Birmingham City Football Club, joining co-owner Wigmore Investment from Hong Kong.
Brady is the latest NFL star to become involved in soccer, following in the footsteps of Denver Broncos’ linebacker Von Miller and several other current and former NFL players. Joining Brady in the venture is former Liverpool and Chelsea player Joe Cole, who will be an advisor and ambassador for the club.
Brady said that he was “very excited to be working with Birmingham City FC, and helping them in their pursuit of promotion back to the Premier League.” He went on to say that he hopes “this is the start of a wonderful partnership and I can’t wait to see the success of Birmingham City.”
Birmingham City chairman, Xuandong Ren, expressed “great pleasure” at the news of having Brady on board. “Tom has been a champion on and off the field and we are delighted to have him join us,” said Ren. “We are confident that his influence will help us in our goal to return to the Premier League, and become a consistent top-flight competitor.”
The move is part of Birmingham City’s long-term strategy to become one of the most competitive clubs in the Championship, as well as providing a pathway for young players in the region to gain experience and develop.
For Tom Brady, the investment is his first major foray into global soccer, although he has a long-standing relationship with New England Revolution in the US. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer is an investor and manager in the club and provides constant support and advice.
It is yet to be seen how much this investment will make an immediate impact on Birmingham City’s fortunes, but with the support of sports’ greatest winner, Wigmore Investment and Joe Cole, Birmingham City will be looking optimistically at their Premier League aspirations.