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Former Man United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel offers to buy stake in ailing club Brondby

Former Man United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel offers to buy stake in ailing club Brondby

Former Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel wants to buy a stake in the ailing Danish club Brondby, whose longtime chief executive resigned on Friday.
Brondby, a five-time winner of the Danish Cup and a 10-time national champion, has lost 23 away games in a row _ a streak stretching back to last season _ and is 11th in the country's 12-team first division.
Brondby said it had received an offer from Schmeichel "on behalf of an undisclosed investor group which would add new capital to the company." The club, where Schmeichel played in the early 1990s before joining Manchester United, didn't give any details about the size of the offer.
Per Bjerregaard announced he would step down as chief executive of the club, saying he had planned to resign earlier this year but stayed on because of the club's woes.
"We have been through a crisis for quite a long time," Bjerregaard said in a television interview.
The 61-year-old Bjerregaard, a former team captain who has held several positions with Brondby, was named board chairman instead while Ole Palma was named temporary CEO.
Brondby was struggling even before former Denmark international Michael Laudrup stepped down as coach in May 2006, after five years at the club. Laudrup is now coaching Getafe in the Spanish league.
Brondby replaced him with Manchester United's reserve team coach Rene Meulensteen, who quit in January. Meulensteen later told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad that Brondby "was a very sick patient and an urgent surgery was needed."
On Sunday, about 200 fans had to be kept at bay by police after gathering outside the club headquarters to protest this season's string of defeats and demand Bjerregaard's resignation.