Wanderers on brink of being sold

With the Western Sydney Wanderers on the brink of being sold, executive chairman Lyall Gorman is pleading for the new owners not to tear down the club's existing structure.

An announcement on the sale is expected any day as the finishing touches are applied and a private consortium headed by Primo Smallgoods chief Paul Lederer is set to take charge.

When the new owners come in, they have the opportunity to clear the decks and start afresh if they see fit, a direction Gorman hopes they avoid.

''If any of the potential buyers of the club had any discussions with me, I would say it would be very unwise to dismantle what we've put in place,'' Gorman said. ''We've got a very successful model in place at all levels. I don't think it needs much changing. It's what we've had from the start and the club foundations have remained solid from day one. I believe this structure works and works well.''

A price of about $15 million has long been touted as the price sought by Football Federation Australia, but the rumour mill continues to suggest it will end up being $12 million.

Lederer, a close friend of FFA chairman Frank Lowy, is being joined in the takeover by Pirtek founder Peter Duncan and Filipino-Chinese businessman Jefferson Cheng, president of Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions.

It is possible Gorman could lose his position as executive chairman when the new board comes into effect, but he does not anticipate being moved on.

''I'm certainly still contracted to continue in my position and there's been nothing to suggest change will occur,'' he said.

Gorman said the switch of ownership was having no affect on planning. ''Whilst it appears that the changeover of owners is imminent, it's very much business as usual here. We're still planning ahead and working towards whatever is next on our radar which, at the moment, is the Asian Champions League campaign.''

The club's first match of the Asian Champions League series is at Parramatta Stadium against Korean side Ulsan Hyundai on February 26, before the Wanderers make the journey to China for a clash with Guizhou Renhe on March 12.

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