Adam Webb sets St Johnstone targets after takeover as Geoff Brown pens heartfelt goodbye to Perth club

Adam Webb has become the latest American owner in Scottish football after taking over at St Johnstone.

The lawyer, who is also a shareholder in Cambridge United, has now concluded the deal struck with Geoff Brown earlier this year to become the fourth US club spremo in the top flight, joining Tayside rivals Dundee United and Dundee, as well a Hibs after the SP+FA and EFL approved the takeover.

It brings to an end the Brown family's near four-decades of holding a share holding in the McDiarmid Park club, during which the club won their first ever major trophy by lifting the 2014 Scottish Cup. They then completed a historic double under Callum Davidson, lifting both the League Cup and Scottish Cup in 2021. And the outgoing chief has penned an open letter to fans, assuring them that Webb is the right man to take the reins in Perth and usher in a new era.

It read: "First and foremost, it was, and is, incredibly important to me that the club is handed over to the right person. Someone who will act as a suitable custodian while taking the club forward, continuing the good work that I feel has been done up until now. I strongly believe that we have found that person in Adam.

"In all of my interactions with Adam, I find him to be a man of high integrity and I consider that he has the best interests of the club at heart. I am confident that everyone connected to the club will discover this for themselves over the coming weeks, months and years.

"As I look back on my 38 years as majority shareholder of the club, I do so with a lot of pride. As most will know I took on a football club back in 1986 that was in a precarious financial position, operating in a run-down stadium at Muirton Park while languishing towards the depths of Scottish football.

"It hasn't been easy, but it has been a labour of love and I am immensely proud that I am now handing over a football club that is in a stable financial position, particularly against a backdrop that has been challenging at times, as has been witnessed by the number of other clubs that have ended up in financial trouble - and occasionally in administration - during my time within Scottish football.

"Steve and I will remain available to Adam as a resource should we ever be required and we look forward to continuing to support the club from the outside and are excited about what the future holds under Adam's stewardship.

"I also look forward to getting to work on the creation of the Community Hub from the net proceeds of this sale and I firmly believe that this will be of great benefit to both the football club and the local community, for generations to come."

Webb himself also penned a latter to punters, within which he set out his long term targets on the pitch. He said: "Our ambition is to finish in the top six, compete in Europe and do well in cup competitions year-after-year. This is possible, but it will take time.

"Working relentlessly together, we will take one step each day and advance the club. With your patience and support, our goals are achievable."