Financial worries at Sporting Anderlecht lead to a break in management: “Marc Coucke is a dictator”

Top entrepreneur Johan Beerlandt resigns from the board of directors of Sporting Anderlecht because he is “tired of the dictates of the majority shareholder”, Marc Coucke. There is no consensus on a much-needed capital increase.

Things have been lopsided for some time between the new bosses at Anderlecht (including majority shareholder Marc Coucke and chairman Wouter Vandenhaute) and the historical shareholders (Alexandre Van Damme, Etienne Davignon, Johan Beerlandt). The transfer of top talent Jérémy Doku to Rennes in France for an estimated 30 million euros caused the pot to boil over. Because the sale of its goldcrest indicated that Anderlecht is in dire financial straits and therefore may have to reduce its sporting ambitions

Johan Beerlandt

Beerlandt and the other minority shareholders were blamed by some for not cooperating with a financial solution – read: putting fresh capital on the table – for Anderlecht, but the founder of construction company Besix does not accept that. In a press release he calls Marc Coucke “a dictator”.

“If the dictates now also direct the financial dramatic situation, as a result of a dictatorial policy, by all shareholders, including myself, and, moreover, create the appearance that not coughing up leads to the forced sale of essential players, then I cannot do anything. decide otherwise than to retire as a director ”, Beerlandt writes.

And still: “As a director I do not bear any responsibility, nor a say in the financial and sporting downfall, nor in the decision to sell top players as a way to generate income quickly.”

Capital increase

Several newspapers reported last weekend that Anderlecht suffered a loss of 36 million euros last season. The figures also went deep into the red the year before. In order to implement a capital increase, the board wants to convince the minority shareholders (good for about 26 percent of the shares) to join in their story, but at Beerlandt the management has already caught the Purple & White bone.

Supporters club Mauves Army held a protest action in front of the stadium on Saturday evening. They carried banners against the minority shareholders and quickly demanded more clarity from the leading duo Coucke-Vandenhaute.


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