[Green Edge] Shayne Bannan, Gerry Ryan and an Aussie Pro Team for 2012?

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Garzelli said they'll go on because everything is already signed with Shayne Bannan that is the owner of the team.
 
Good.

Now maybe they can go back to finding a solid sponsor. With the Mitchelton Conti team's Asian focus and Shayne Bannan's relationship with the Chinese Head track coach they should be looking to secure an Asian sponsor.

There were rumours of Huawei coming on board at one stage, but don't know how much truth there is to that.
I thought the Mitchelton Conti team had folded at the end of last year...
 
from Marca.com

Next week the 'Manuela-Mitchelton-Scott case' should be solved. Six days after the Australian team launched a statement announcing the agreement with the Spanish team, the 'aussies' sent another letter explaining that the negotiations were broken. The Spaniards, on the other hand, confirm to MARCA that everything is going on in spite of the obstacles that have arisen in between.

The main problem that emerges now is that Manuela Fundación has bought the company New Global Cycling Service from Shayne Bannan but not GreenEdge Cycling, which is the company owned by Gerry Ryan and which has the WorldTour license. The first, which has been acquired by the Andalusians, is a management company that works the contracts and everything related to the riders and staff, but does not have direct access to the license.

In the Manuela Team they recognize that they have sinned of certain inexperience. Never before have they faced an operation as important as the current one, that of buying one of the best teams in the world, and that is why they openly acknowledge that there may have been loose ends yet to be resolved. One of them was to buy a company that they thought possessed the WorldTour license, one of the most precious assets. The next is that there have been several interlocutors. The Spanish group is convinced that, by the time Mr. Huertas talks to Ryan, everything will be resolved.

"We think so. This Sunday we are all together and our goal is to move forward. We have a signed contract valid from June 5th but now what we want is to talk to Ryan to see how we can make the license issue concrete. This Monday morning we will talk to the ICU to find a way forward. The most important thing is that the team survives and that the riders have their future assured, so in the end we will come to an agreement," Garzelli said on Sunday. The Italian, who during the conversation was surrounded by Emilio Rodríguez, Manuel Calvente, José Manuel Moreno and Huertas himself, confirms that they have all the papers in order, that there is money and that soon the whole plan will be established.

Condemned to understand each other

The licence without a team is also useless, just as the team without a licence cannot take part in the Tour de France, say a race. That's why it's necessary to reach an agreement. It seems that the main problem lies in a palpable lack of communication between Shayne and Ryan, who have not conducted negotiations in parallel.

In the meantime, the biggest losers are the racers and the staff, who do not know what will happen to their future. The key is that Huertas still hasn't spoken to Ryan, I'm sure that as soon as we have that meeting everything will be resolved for the better," concluded Garzelli.
 
Latest reports have Ryan severing all ties with the Manuela Fundacion. There's also some management changes:

Bannan and Crespi out
Brett Copeland and Darach McQuaid in

Not sure if Copeland is the best person, after his track record with Lampre, Di Data and Bahrain McLaren.
 
I also question the appointment of Copeland but these are desperate times for MS - The sacking of Shane Bannon is significant as he was the most powerful person in the organisation - It also shows the difficulty in conducting some high level negotiations remotely - And of course, Ryan is stuck in Australia - Ewan is probably happy to see no more Bannon - More importantly even though Gerry will fund the team into 2021 or until a new sponsor comes on board, it has to impact in the transfer market - It's likely they'll have a weaker team in 2021.
 
I wonder if he was sacked for what happened, or possibly for legal reasons (i.e. - to prevent legal action to try and force the deal go through), or maybe a bit of both.
At any rate it seems like such a strange situation. I hope it all works out in the long run for the team.
 
I also question the appointment of Copeland but these are desperate times for MS - The sacking of Shane Bannon is significant as he was the most powerful person in the organisation - It also shows the difficulty in conducting some high level negotiations remotely - And of course, Ryan is stuck in Australia - Ewan is probably happy to see no more Bannon - More importantly even though Gerry will fund the team into 2021 or until a new sponsor comes on board, it has to impact in the transfer market - It's likely they'll have a weaker team in 2021.
Caleb? Why would he care who's the manager on Mitchelton-Scott?

However, the entrance of Copeland seems more and more secure, coz Bahrain McLaren just announced his depature

Wonder what that "new opportunity" might be...
 
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