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A New Chapter Begins

Anin Bakrie on plans for the future

28 September 2022

Today sees a new chapter begin for Oxford United.

That’s the view of Anin Bakrie who, alongside Erick Thohir, became the majority shareholders at the club after the AGM yesterday.

“I feel good that everyone has welcomed this change including the existing shareholders; we had good conversations with Horst and Tiger, the other Board members” Anin told iFollow yesterday.

”This is a new chapter for the club and now it is up to us, together, what we create from here.

"We Indonesians always believe it’s better to work together, you get better results that way. We have been shareholders for four years so we are not new to the club; we have been a significant minority for quite some time and now we have been given a chance to take the lead role.

“Erick and I are very honoured to be part of Oxford United. We are not from here, obviously, but to be given this chance to help Oxford United is not something we are going to waste just like that.

“Oxford United will move forward and this is the chance for the club to rebuild in so many ways and to build a truly magical team. The club can grow and be sustainable in many ways; financially, environmentally, socially. Why not? We have to do that anyway so let’s make sure we do it right.

“We will not be here all the time, people know that, but we want to support what is happening here and this is just the beginning. We have a good management team, a new Chairman, a new CEO working alongside Niall McWilliams. The trajectory is going in the right direction.

"When we first became involved four year ago we saw a lot of low-hanging fruit. The Women’s team, the Academy, the infrastructure behind the scenes, the team. Those were reasons we could see to get involved with Oxford United; a chance to mould those things along with the community. We knew it would not be easy but we have made gradual progress and based on that we know we can do what we want to here and we hope get back to the glory days and create great memories for the fans.”

See the full interview in iFollow right now.

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