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Title: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Flashheart on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 16:07:59
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Swindon Town announce that club director Sangita Shah has left the club, with Clem Morfuni coming in as non-executive vice-chairman #stfc

Wonder if this is anything to do with this investment rumours that were doing the rounds recently.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Flashheart on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 16:09:03
Seems he's from that Aussie company that has been investing with us.

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CLEM MORFUNI
Clem founded the Axis Group in 1994 in Sydney NSW, Australia.
Clem started his career in the construction industry as an apprentice plumber in 1986. During his career he has been involved in all aspects of the plumbing & construction industry, he has held positions from Plumber to Project Manager to General Manager was able to utilise all of this experience to start and continue to grow the business.
His dedication, drive and motivation has seen the business expand and grow throughout Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, London – UK and New York City – USA.

He founded it. I bet he's minted.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 16:10:52
Possibly Clemente Morfuni who seems to have interests in Axis plumbing and Axis Sports Investments - according to Companies House he is an Aussie guy?


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: RobertT on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 16:13:08
That's the Group name floated a while back as being interested in investment.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 16:17:05
Oh well hopefully the toilets will work OK from now on?

Edit I thought it rang a bell, hasn't their logo been on the back of the shirts for a while?

https://www.swindontownfc.co.uk/news/2015/april/new-sponsorship-secured/


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Flashheart on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 16:17:33
Oooh.

Stadium development. https://www.swindontownfc.co.uk/news/2017/july/town-appoint-new-non-executive-vice-chairman/#.WV0QV3vW3cY.twitter


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Swindon Town are delighted to announce the appointment of Clem Morfuni as the club’s Non-Executive Vice Chairman.

Clem is the Founder of Axis Group, who have recently renewed their shirt sponsorship deal with the Reds.

With a background in construction, Clem will bring a wealth of experience to the Town Boardroom and he’s hoping to put that to good use in his new role with the club.

 “It will be great for both parties and being in the building services industry around the world, because we’ve got offices in London, New York, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand, we saw that there is a lot of potential here with the development of the stadium,” he told swindontownfc.co.uk exclusively.

“I spoke to Lee Power and I said that we can help the club and we can go through the processes and management of building a world class facility for the fans and the community of Swindon.

“We want to build this club back to where it should be.

“There’s a few ideas that I’ve got so I’ll sit down with Lee, discuss what he wants to do and then follow the process and start getting the ball rolling.

“The main focus for me is to look at the development and we’ve got over 700 employees worldwide, so I’ve got a whole infrastructure that can help us.

“It is all about infrastructure and you’ve got to have the right people and the right support for everyone for us to be where we want to be.

“I believe that we should be way above where we are but things happen and it is now all about rebuilding, refocusing and taking small steps in the right direction.”

Axis have an impressive portfolio having worked on Wembley Stadium, while they are currently involved in the construction of Tottenham Hotspur’s new state-of-the-art home, in addition to a vast array of other projects around the world.

“We’ve worked at Wembley and we are also doing Perth Stadium in Australia,” he added.

“We’ve built stadiums in Sydney, we build hotels, office blocks, hospitals, we’re doing stuff in New York so we are in a lot of places.

“I love football, I love construction and I think it is a good match for Lee and I, and hopefully we can build a world class facility here for the community and for the Swindon fans.

“We want to be here for another 100 odd years and that’s what we’re trying to do.

“There is so much potential here at Swindon.”

Speaking about the appointment, Swindon Town Chairman Lee Power added: “We are delighted to welcome Clem on board as Non-Executive Vice Chairman.

“During my time at the club we haven’t had chance to have a detailed look at developing The County Ground, but Clem’s arrival will help with that and we are thrilled to have someone with his experience and knowledge join us.

“Clem will move discussions forward with the council and other parties and he will also be looking to explore every option when it comes to redeveloping The County Ground.”


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Super Hans on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 16:25:00
Hopefully a significant appointment by the club. Surely can only benefit having someone on board who knows what he's doing. Feel like if this guy won't be able to sort out a redevelopment project then nobody will.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 16:27:20
interesting!


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Wobbly Bob on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 16:29:43

Hope that "other parties" is referring to The Trust.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 16:30:09
Poor old Sangita, cast aside when a better offer came in!


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: RobertT on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 16:35:07
Seems they are usually the contractors who put all the electrical or plumbing/air con into buildings, so maybe this is a small project to try and get a foothold into the bigger world of actually being lead developer on bigger projects.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: milo t on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 17:06:28
Seems they are usually the contractors who put all the electrical or plumbing/air con into buildings, so maybe this is a small project to try and get a foothold into the bigger world of actually being lead developer on bigger projects.

Sorry no, he's plenty of experience in construction. Particularly in London and in Australia more so. He will bring more business acumen and funding to make the club more efficient going forward and hopefully an aid in getting promotion


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 17:10:22
Hope that "other parties" is referring to The Trust.

I said a while back that the Trust are caught between a rock and a hard place, trying to deal with SBC and Power. It was also obvious that if the Trust fail in their bid to buy the CG, then the piranhas would be circling. Looks like Power has suddenly got an interest in the CG having previously said he's none.

Worrying times....


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: RobertT on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 17:35:19
Sorry no, he's plenty of experience in construction. Particularly in London and in Australia more so. He will bring more business acumen and funding to make the club more efficient going forward and hopefully an aid in getting promotion

Said as if you know them?  They certainly appear to be a contractor on all the projects associated with developments such as Wembley, installing facilities rather than being lead developer of the site.  That's not saying they are small fry, just that it appeared on the face of it to be a good way of taking the next step - they are unlikely to get awarded the lead developer role in a 60k stadium without having a background of full project success.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Costanza on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 17:38:02
Until I see redevelopment in process, it's just another one of those stories.



Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: milo t on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 17:40:22
Said as if you know them?  They certainly appear to be a contractor on all the projects associated with developments such as Wembley, installing facilities rather than being lead developer of the site.  That's not saying they are small fry, just that it appeared on the face of it to be a good way of taking the next step - they are unlikely to get awarded the lead developer role in a 60k stadium without having a background of full project success.

He's been brought in primarily to put funds into the club. His knowledge in construction is mainly m&e installation and services. I'd guess that being awarded jobs in development of the cg would be used so he can make his money back in the future


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 17:44:43
Until I see redevelopment in process, it's just another one of those stories.

Always the best policy with STFC

It would be somewhat reassuring if this lot only specialise in sport's grounds where they stand, and not moving them and building shit on the leftover patch.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Super Hans on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 17:49:38
Many clubs would have a raging hard on over this sort of news but not Swindon fans. We need to keep a sense of reality. Flacid reality.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 18:03:31
Many clubs would have a raging hard on over this sort of news but not Swindon fans. We need to keep a sense of reality. Flacid reality.

 :flaccid:


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: RobertT on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 18:40:24
Always the best policy with STFC

It would be somewhat reassuring if this lot only specialise in sport's grounds where they stand, and not moving them and building shit on the leftover patch.

Their background is one of being a contractor Reg, so not of acquiring land and developing, more having the technical expertise to fit out a development.  I suppose that is probably good news in so far as they are probably not going to be trying to make a mint from land sales etc.  More likely, as described, it's a proving ground that they can do more than install some electrical sockets (being very disingenuous).


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: phelpsieboy on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 19:30:39
Dare I say it, but this may just be what Bilko was referring to that would leave us in 'good stead'.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Costanza on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 19:33:36
Dare I say it, but this may just be what Bilko was referring to that would leave us in 'good stead'.

Ha, bilko.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 19:34:37
Quote from: Wobbly Bob
Hope that "other parties" is referring to The Trust.


indeed, but this may be a rival landgrab bid. who knows.

did anyone else go to the Mecca meeting? did I dream it or was it said they didn't believe the club owns the stadium itself, and that a sale would include the stands?


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: dogs on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 21:39:46

indeed, but this may be a rival landgrab bid. who knows.

did anyone else go to the Mecca meeting? did I dream it or was it said they didn't believe the club owns the stadium itself, and that a sale would include the stands?

Yeah, Steve M confirmed that when asked on the night.
 


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Flashheart on Thursday, July 6, 2017, 09:30:29
This development thingy isn't a new thing overall. It was mentioned way back when Power first started dealing with these guys when Luongo was with us. I suspect things may have been hastened by the trust wanting to get in on ownership of the land, but it's not come completely out of the blue. I've seen people suggesting Power is only doing this to stick 2 fingers up to the trust, whereas it's likely been coming anyway.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Saxondale on Thursday, July 6, 2017, 09:36:01
Look, this is all very well and good but isn't anyone going to make stupid comments about his name?  Clem More Funny?  Isn't that worth someone with actual wit to produce some sort of gif about 'I can hear you Clem More funny?'

And something about cheese.

Is no one thinking of the bollocks?


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, July 6, 2017, 09:45:33
Look, this is all very well and good but isn't anyone going to make stupid comments about his name?  Clem More Funny?  Isn't that worth someone with actual wit to produce some sort of gif about 'I can hear you Clem More funny?'

And something about cheese.

Is no one thinking of the bollocks?

More Fanny would be better...


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Power to people on Thursday, July 6, 2017, 12:36:44
Sadly you can only view it as Power has realized the CG can be bought cheaper than he expected and seen some $$££ signs and now he has someone with credibility to assist, he has to do something for money as he is not going to be signing young players to sell on for big bucks for a few years.

He needs to do something about a training ground first, maybe his new guy can assist with that.

And the other thing I could quite envisage Power getting the land etc and it will go into a holding company owned by himself and friends separated from the club, so when he wants to sell on stfc in the future he will be selling the FC and not the ground or making big profits for himself from it.

For that reason I'd prefer it be Trust owned and then in future if the time was right to sell it on then at least it would be for the right reasons and the best deal.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, July 6, 2017, 13:11:45
Sadly you can only view it as Power has realized the CG can be bought cheaper than he expected and seen some $$££ signs and now he has someone with credibility to assist, he has to do something for money as he is not going to be signing young players to sell on for big bucks for a few years.

He needs to do something about a training ground first, maybe his new guy can assist with that.

And the other thing I could quite envisage Power getting the land etc and it will go into a holding company owned by himself and friends separated from the club, so when he wants to sell on stfc in the future he will be selling the FC and not the ground or making big profits for himself from it.

For that reason I'd prefer it be Trust owned and then in future if the time was right to sell it on then at least it would be for the right reasons and the best deal.

As the Trust get first dibs due to the ACV designation ball remains very firmly in their court, equally has any indication been given (bar the normal SBC are the devil musings) that SBC would go to open market if the Trust declined - its something I would expect the Trust to see clarification on as part of any negotiations?


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Thursday, July 6, 2017, 16:53:01
If the Trust buy the CG off the council how are they going to fund any redevelopment?

If Power doesn't buy the CG off the council, why on earth should he fund any redevelopment?

It's back to square one. Any new new owner of the CG must have the financial bollocks to fund the new stands etc


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Batch on Thursday, July 6, 2017, 17:37:27
if Power buys the country ground, will he have the money to develop it?


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, July 7, 2017, 09:41:17
As the Trust get first dibs due to the ACV designation ball remains very firmly in their court, equally has any indication been given (bar the normal SBC are the devil musings) that SBC would go to open market if the Trust declined - its something I would expect the Trust to see clarification on as part of any negotiations?

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/swindon_town_2014/15395636.Borough_Council_open_to_all_County_Ground_offers/

Be afraid, be very afraid...


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: smalltowngypsymassacre on Friday, July 7, 2017, 09:49:26
I've just had a look at Axis Group on Companies House and their previous name is 'Seebeck 133' limited. Where have I heard this before?

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09792798


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, July 7, 2017, 09:54:30
I've just had a look at Axis Group on Companies House and their previous name is 'Seebeck 133' limited. Where have I heard this before?

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09792798

 :sherlock:

I'm sure one of our accountant types will be able to explain this...


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, July 7, 2017, 09:58:34
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/swindon_town_2014/15395636.Borough_Council_open_to_all_County_Ground_offers/

Be afraid, be very afraid...

Hang on a minute, according to that the Trust are only looking at buying the Lease? and the price has gone up to £2m, freehold I could understand but for the lease only that makes very little sense. Also Cllr Renard seems to have entirely ignored/overlooked the ACV designation and if the story is to be believed actually has fuck all to do with the stadium or the football club.

We should keep on our toes (and possibly chase the Trust for a response) but based on the content of the article I think at best its bollocks or merely a local politician seizing an opportunity to get their mug in the paper and be seen to be saying the right things.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Trashbat? on Friday, July 7, 2017, 09:59:09
If you google Seebeck there are tonnes of Seebeck companies, all set up by EMW LLP based at Seebeck House, 1 Seebeck Place in Milton Keynes.

I guess they just use Seebeck as a name when registering a company?!


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: theakston2k on Friday, July 7, 2017, 09:59:19
I've just had a look at Axis Group on Companies House and their previous name is 'Seebeck 133' limited. Where have I heard this before?

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09792798
That'll just be a UK department of them. Main company is Australian so wouldn't be on companies house as will be registered in Australia.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, July 7, 2017, 10:00:25
I've just had a look at Axis Group on Companies House and their previous name is 'Seebeck 133' limited. Where have I heard this before?

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09792798

I don't think that's 'our' Axis company as Clem whatsit is not named as a director of that one, this is his mob...

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/05894851

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/07956946

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10291176

I would imagine the latter being set up to manage his investment into us.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: smalltowngypsymassacre on Friday, July 7, 2017, 10:01:19
If you google Seebeck there are tonnes of Seebeck companies, all set up by EMW LLP based at Seebeck House, 1 Seebeck Place in Milton Keynes.

I guess they just use Seebeck as a name when registering a company?!

Phew. Jed McCrory's face flashed in front of my eyes. It was not pleasant


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: pauld on Friday, July 7, 2017, 11:43:53
Hang on a minute, according to that the Trust are only looking at buying the Lease? and the price has gone up to £2m, freehold I could understand but for the lease only that makes very little sense. Also Cllr Renard seems to have entirely ignored/overlooked the ACV designation and if the story is to be believed actually has fuck all to do with the stadium or the football club.

We should keep on our toes (and possibly chase the Trust for a response) but based on the content of the article I think at best its bollocks or merely a local politician seizing an opportunity to get their mug in the paper and be seen to be saying the right things.
Even assuming Renard actually knows what he's talking about (remember Mike Bawden, then council leader, gleefully appearing at the "launch" of the ill-fated Shaw Tip stadium scheme which it turned out would have been actually unlawful), the chances of the Adver actually reporting any story that involves any degree of fine detail (such as the difference between freehold/lease footprint/stadium/stands etc) accurately are minimal. I'd take the whole thing with huge pinches of salt.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Power to people on Friday, July 7, 2017, 11:58:58
Even assuming Renard actually knows what he's talking about (remember Mike Bawden, then council leader, gleefully appearing at the "launch" of the ill-fated Shaw Tip stadium scheme which it turned out would have been actually unlawful), the chances of the Adver actually reporting any story that involves any degree of fine detail (such as the difference between freehold/lease footprint/stadium/stands etc) accurately are minimal. I'd take the whole thing with huge pinches of salt.

Agree and I would trust Steve Mytton and the trust chaps that are doing the negotiations to negotiate with the people that matter at SBC, which theoretically is not really the leader of the council,
I would not trust Renard as far as I could throw the chap though.

Hopefully though Clem may believe it is worthwhile having a conversation with the Trust, although it depends what he has been told by Lee Power and what vision they have developed together.



Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: FreddySTFC! on Friday, September 15, 2017, 16:52:23
Very quiet on the Clem front lately!!


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: tans on Friday, September 15, 2017, 17:24:58
Very quiet on the Clem front lately!!

Dunno, seen him whoring himself about on football focus or whatever


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, September 15, 2017, 17:25:12
Very quiet on the Clem front lately!!
Power said in an interview just around the season started that he was still around and still going to invest in the club via sponsorship, that was only about 3 or 4 weeks back so its not actually that quiet regarding him.


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, July 18, 2019, 05:47:17
Bumpety-bump!


Title: Re: Clem Morfuni?
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, July 18, 2019, 08:59:22
Power said in an interview just around the season started that he was still around and still going to invest in the club via sponsorship, that was only about 3 or 4 weeks back so its not actually that quiet regarding him.

Looks like my previous post came true.

Albeit nearly 2 years slow!