Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have sworn they are here for the long haul at Wrexham as they aim for a fairytale rise to the Premier League with the club out of the league.
Both actors braved the wet weather in North Wales to address the press for the first time at the racecourse since their takeover closed in February.
With Wrexham currently 11th in the Vanarama National League, the owners shared smiles as they pointed out how long it could take to join Manchester United and Liverpool in the top flight – but they wouldn’t back down.
Reynolds, who said ‘f ** k’ live on TV without realizing it earlier during the media event, said: ‘We would be lying if the dream wasn’t the Premier League. It will not be overnight, it is impossible!
“Look, our goal is to get back into the (football) League and continue our ascent. “
“The perfect end to this season is promotion,” added McElhenney.
Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds held their first press conference in Wrexham since taking over the club
The two Hollywood stars opened up about their big plans for the club which includes the Premier League
“We have a goal for the end of this club as well as for this season and I hope that is a story to tell for years to come. “
The It’s always nice in Philadelphia star added: “As a sports fan I would like the owner to say that we are going to win the championship and do it as fast as possible.
“Whether it’s this year, next year or the year after. You want that level of optimism.
The duo invested £ 2million in the club when their buyout from the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust was sealed – with part of that being donated to provide a much-modified playing squad.
Cheltenham Town captain Ben Tozer came in for £ 200,000 and Carlisle defender Aaron Hayden came in for £ 150,000.
But McElhenney was able to scoff at any suggestion that, like some Premier League owners, oil is behind their wealth.
The pair were greeted by fans off the ground with a wait starting at 10 a.m.
They attended their first game on Tuesday when Wrexham lost 3-2 away to Maidenhead
He said, “Why not dream big? I read that ‘Oil Money’ is coming to Wrexham. I can confirm that I have NO stock of oil.
Much has been said about the two owners’ FaceTiming family members as they took their first steps on the racetrack grounds on Wednesday. McElhenney described him as “emotional” on his social media.
With skillful responses to the media awesome, it was the undercurrent of what it meant for their families that resonated.
“I remember sitting on the couch in the middle of the pandemic and watching a soccer game and I turned to my wife and said, ‘I think I want to buy a soccer team,’” he said. McElhenney explained.
“From that point on I talked to her about it and of course the sport had something to do with it, but it’s more about the community and I recognize the people.
“I remember looking at the screen and saying ‘I know these people’. I think we can do something special here.
He added: “I have a ritual with my oldest son on game day where we walk the dog, put on the shirts and watch the games together. ”
Reynolds and McElhenney enjoyed a photo at the Turf Hotel the day before the conference
Reynolds said: “I was surprised at how emotionally invested my friends and family if I have a game.
“They always watch and follow on social media. I don’t pretend to be a football expert, but I see the beauty of the fan and I see it through others.
The press conference marked their second day in the town of Wrexham and they are addressing 100 supporters at a fan forum tonight.
On Wednesday evening, they sat with a small group of about 20 inside the Turf Hotel, where they sampled the Wrexham Lager and turned to more rigid shots from Aviation Gin, a company in which Reynolds had a major stake.
Much emphasis was placed on owners having to watch from afar, follow their children’s film sets and various sports games, with their access to racetrack fans previously limited to humorous commercials.
But McElhenney and Reynolds quickly realized that the jokes had died down when they lost back-to-back games and their involvement was starting to sound like a “joke.”
“Football has to be entertainment and a fun experience for the whole family, so if we can do things, we’ll take it,” McElhenney said.
“We had fun LED panels for a while, but we lost two games so we took them out because it’s not fun for us to lose and we want people to recognize that we are serious. ”
The pair will visit their first home game at the racetrack on Saturday against Torquay
Owners will have their first experience of a crowded racetrack this Saturday with a visit to Torquay, but it was a dreary day at Maidenhead which gave them their first experience of English Fifth Division football.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything as exciting as this in the world of sport. I don’t think my nerves have ever been so fried, ”Reynolds said.
For McElhenney, who described the racetrack as a “cathedral,” he can’t wait for your weekend.
“For me, it could be more important than the Super Bowl. I saw my Philadelphia Eagles win it for the first time and it was one of the happiest days of my life. It could compete.
Sporstmail’s Kieran Lynch provided live updates as famous Wrexham co-owners made their first official media appearance at the racetrack.