Wednesday, 12th February, 2014

Standard Liege's fears of bankruptcy could be washed away with news that a foreign investment fund is considering a €50m input.

According to Belgian outlet Le Soir, current club owner Roland Duchatelet, who also owns English side Charlton Athletic, may be on his way out if the takeover bid is successful.

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Pierre Francois, who was shown the door as general manager after nearly 10 years when Duchatelet took control in 2012, is being tipped for a return.

Standard's fans have been fearful of their financial security from the start of this season, even though the club is doing superbly on the field.


They are 10 points clear atop the Jupiler Pro League table and are unbeaten in their last 15 games.

In September last year, fans group Famille des Rouches had protested against Duchatelet's proposed plans to resell the club.

The club's rise in expenses during Duchatelet's tenure has prompted anger, with the 2013/14 season's outcome now more crucial than ever.

Famille des Rouches head Louis Smal had said at the time: "If we do not qualify for the Champions League, the club will be on the verge of bankruptcy. This is my fear."

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