Simon Jordan has revealed how he as soon as splashed the money on an ultra-rare McLaren supercar… in a cope with the Sultan of Brunei!
The previous Crystal Palace proprietor says he paid out £372,000 for a bespoke Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, which was owned by the ruler of the sovereign state.
Why have been we speaking about Mr Jordan’s lavish spending habits on talkSPORT, we hear you ask? Effectively, it’s a little bit of an extended story, nevertheless it’s a superb one!
Jim White and Jordan have been joined by former Blackburn supervisor Steve Kean to look forward of the Championship play-offs, and discuss quickly meandered onto his managerial spell in Brunei.
Following his exit from Ewood Park in 2012, Kean made a shock transfer to take cost of the one skilled soccer membership in Brunei – Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota Soccer Membership, or DPMM FC for brief.
The membership is owned by the Sultan’s son, Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah – in English, the workforce’s title actually means ‘His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Brunei Soccer Membership’ – and the royal even performed as goalkeeper for the workforce.
It seems Kean had a whale of a time within the northern Borneo state, the place he labored day by day with the Sultan and Crown Prince, was frequently invited to the palace and even bagged an invite to a royal marriage ceremony!
Not precisely what we anticipated to listen to from the Glaswegian, and Jim White mentioned as a lot to Jordan.
“You’ve received to like that, Simon,” mentioned the host. “How would you fancy working for the Sultan of Brunei and his workforce?”
Effectively, because it turned out, Mr Jordan had met the Sultan earlier than. Not solely that, he’d purchased the flash motor from one in every of his sons. As you do.
“I purchased a automotive off him as soon as,” Simon replied.
Effectively, as you’ll be able to think about, Jim was flabbergasted: “You obtain a automotive off the Sultan of Brunei?!”
“Yep, I did,” mentioned Simon. “I purchased a McLaren off him as soon as, sure.”
And Jim, with the query we’re all asking: “How a lot did you pay for it?”
“… £372,000 – nothing for a soccer supervisor,” Jordan mentioned along with his tongue firmly in his cheek.
“Consider me, he’s received a couple of in his storage. It was a black McLaren SLR and so they didn’t make them any extra, they made it particularly for him and he purchased three of them. So I purchased one off his youngest son.”
A fast Google search reveals the identical McLaren mannequin going for £1.1million on the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, so it seems to be like our man Simon received himself a reasonably good little deal!
It seems the Sultan is a big soccer fan and was very arms on with the membership’s dealings throughout Kean’s spell in cost, whereas his son the Crown Prince – the membership’s proprietor – was one in every of Kean’s precise gamers.
DPMM FC play within the Singapore Premier League and are the present champions, having received their first ever title when Kean was supervisor.
And the well-travelled boss, who loved a spell in Portugal as a participant, says he liked each second throughout his four-year keep in Brunei.
“After I first went I assumed I’d exit for a yr and see the way it was, however I ended up staying for 4 years,” mentioned the supervisor, who left the nation in 2017.
“I needed to depart depart one thing for once I left. We received the league for the primary time and we began the academy, I used to be teaching the gamers and the native workers and it was a unbelievable time, a extremely massive time in my teaching profession.”
However was the Sultan demanding as a boss?
“No by no means, he was very welcoming,” mentioned Kean, who went into element about his interactions with the royal household.
“His son, the Crown Prince would come to coaching on daily basis, we have been invited to go to the palace, we have been invited to his youngest son’s marriage ceremony contained in the Sultan’s palace.
“He’s an unimaginable man with a lot power. He performs polo on daily basis, he performs golf, he’s a really match man and he solely gave help to us as a workforce.
“We have been the one skilled workforce in Brunei however something we wanted to develop the membership in any capability, it was there. It was a extremely nice time, they’re beautiful, beautiful individuals.”