Shrimps’ new owner sets out his ambition

Diego Lemos now has a majority shareholding in Morecambe FC
Diego Lemos now has a majority shareholding in Morecambe FC

Morecambe’s new owner says the club’s potential was key in his acquisition of a majority shareholding at the Globe Arena.

Diego Lemos watched the Shrimps beaten 3-2 by Crawley Town on Saturday, 24 hours after receiving notification that his purchase had been given the green light.

It was the Brazilian’s third visit to the Globe Arena this season, having previously witnessed the victories against Blackpool and Portsmouth.

The 35-year-old, who was born in Rio but now lives in Qatar, has around 10 years of experience as a FIFA football agent operating in Asia.

“I looked at a lot of clubs around the world but I’d always loved English football and I saw a couple of clubs,” Mr Lemos explained.

“I’ve been trying to look for a club all over Europe for two years, one that would attract me.

“The first one was always Morecambe because I like the atmosphere here, it’s a family club and I hope we can build on the foundations around here.

“It (Morecambe) was available and it’s a nice club with lots of potential.

“Hopefully we can achieve great things because, like I said, the foundations are there and we’ll try to do our best.

“I just hope the fans will welcome me as a new member of the family that is Morecambe Football Club.”

A new owner or majority shareholder’s arrival usually triggers hopes of a spending spree.

In this case, however, Mr Lemos has backed Jim Bentley’s current crop of players.

“Always in football you need to have high ambitions and try to improve,” he said.

“You can’t make promises of anything except you can promise hard work.

“I believe that, with hard work, you can achieve your dreams.

“We have a very good team and I really believe in the players we have. Hopefully, at the end of the season, we can try and achieve something.”