The Imps have received a boost this morning with news that the Jabara family have increased their stake in the club.
The Jabaras, namely Harvey, Missy, Jaxon and Jensen, first invested in the club 18 months ago and have been seen regularly at Sincil Bank since. With Landon Donovan as a strategic advisor, they intimated at the time that if the investment went well, they’d look to increase their stake. That has now happened, with a further commitment not only on their own behalf, but on the continued search for additional investment.
Harvey also states that we have not reached our ceiling and, in a statement to fans, reiterates not only the family’s commitment to the club but also his admiration of our current board of directors. When we lost to Chippenham, certain elements in the fanbase turned on the very people responsible for our continued success; the club board. Let’s not forget that if we survive this season, it will be four years in a row we’ve had third-tier football – the first time that has happened since 1986. To achieve that, and hopefully go beyond, then we definitely need external investment and commitment from the likes of the Jabaras.
The value of the purchase is not yet in the public domain, and nobody should think this means we’ll be out buying strikers in January. It is a move that will strengthen the club from top to bottom and help future-proof us to some degree in challenging economic times, where many other clubs will find things very tough indeed.
Here is Harvey’s statement in full.
“It is with tremendous pleasure that our family adds to our investment commitment to Lincoln City Football Club. Missy, Jaxon, Jensen and I love this city, this club and its supporters. We cannot wait to contribute to its continued strides forward.
During this moment of economic challenge in the world, it is only natural we all worry about our loved ones and all that is important to us as individuals. Football provides us the opportunity to rally together for the love of the English game and our wonderful club. As you work every day to make ends meet and attend to your priorities in life, we thank you for your support and want you to know you need not worry about your club as it is in fine hands.
As Missy loves to say: ‘The 3 Cs… club, community and country’. We are in this together.
With each passing day, I become more impressed with this club’s leadership. Please know how uncommon it is in sport to have the level of talent and experience our chairman, board, ownership group and front of office bring to the table. We may be 5,000 miles away but are always there in spirit and fully-engaged as our passion for this club and city grows each day.
Despite our success as a club in recent years, we have not reached our ceiling. There are League One clubs with more funding and that will likely always be the case. Our family will continue our support of the club going forward and continue our pursuit of new investors who bring experience and compatibility along with funding. I am convinced Lincoln City are good stewards of the resources we do possess and you have my word we will strive every day to outwork and outsmart our competition.
It is important we continue building the infrastructure that enhances our ability to provide a comfortable and safe fan experience at the LNER Stadium, support our first team and all players in our development system and add depth to our front of office.
Developing first team players is a high priority. This particular infrastructure requires time and resources, and we are all in agreement this is an important initiative going forward.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your support of the club. It requires all of us working together to achieve our goals. Your attendance both at home and away is remarkable and we ask that you continue providing this important element.”