Financial embezzlement and a toxic workplace: John Textor’s explosive letter to RWDM fans as American becomes chairman

Last night, RWDM released a letter from John Textor to fans. In a lengthy communication from the owner, the American outlined the reasonings behind the removal of Thierry Dailly from the club. The latter was responsible for resurrecting the then bankrupt RWDM alongside FC Brussels in 2015.

However, Textor pulls no punches in his assessment of Dailly. During the explosive letter, the American accuses Dailly of missapropriating club funds, creating a toxic workplace and ‘actions and statements inconsistent with the values which RWDM, as a modern football club in Brussels, considers to be of paramount importance’. Textor, who was initially an investor after invitation from Dailly, has now taken over as chairman of the club, much like he did in one of his other sides Lyon.

The clubs sporting department also comes under intense scrutiny from Textor. They are accused of not having a squad ready for the 2022/2023 season, as well as not wanting to bring in Jake O’Brien from Crystal Palace. The American also indicates that he personally intervened to bring in striker Mikael Biron from Oostende, with the striker going on to score 16 goals in 27 league games.

Despite winning promotion, the club appears to be in a strange situation. There are rumours that head coach Vincent Euvrard will leave, and that a new CEO could be appointed as well. RWDM are part of a group that includes Crystal Palace, Botafogo and Lyon.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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