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Tomlinson: Doncaster takes me in new direction

ESPN staff
June 20, 2014
Louis Tomlinson says taking over Doncaster Rovers will make him more "mature" © PA Photos

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, the new owner of Doncaster Rovers, has admitted it is time to grow up after purchasing the club he supported as a boy.

Tomlinson, who is more well-known to teenage girls than football fans, has become joint-chairman of the League One club with business partner John Ryan.

The duo they have also set up the Tomlinson Ryan Trust and donated a six-figure sum but have asked fans to help out with a drive for extra cash as they aim to raise £2 million.

Louis told The Sun: "This is life-changing for me. I'm going to have to start acting dead serious. I can't be a big kid any more or play pranks.

"I am absolutely going to be very involved in the club. I will be committing a lot of time to it. I've said that I want to be across absolutely everything. I'll definitely be going to board meetings, which is ridiculous, but I guess I am a businessman now."

He added: "The talks have been ongoing now for several months and I've been desperate to tell everyone but I'm keeping level-headed."

Doncaster Rovers fans are slightly less excited about the Tomlinson-Ryan venture in club ownership than they are.

Numerous Rovers supporters took to Twitter to voice their concerns over the move, with many puzzled as to why a pop star worth upwards of £15m needs to ask others to raise money.

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