Crisis time at Sheffield speedway track

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Sheffield Tigers fans are becoming increasingly concerned about the club’s immediate future.

After a weekend of silence from club owner Neil Machin, there is genuine fear the sport could be lost to Owlerton.

Machin is adamant racing will only continue with new owners - and there are two seriously interested parties - but so far no face-to-face talks have taken place.

And with several Premier League clubs, including Workington and Newcastle, already announcing their entire team, Sheffield cannot even talk to riders.

Speculation has gathered pace over the weekend about former Birmingham owner Tony Mole showing an interest in taking control.

Mole has seen his plans for the revival of Bradford at Odsal Stadium hit a brick wall as the new management of the Rugby League club aren’t interested.

And with Mole seeing a bid to resume control of Birmingham rejected, there is little doubt he has made an effort to register his interest at Owlerton.

Sheffield co-promoter David Hoggart said: “There is nothing further to report at this stage, but obviously we cannot stop speculation.

“Time is moving on and I can understand supporters becoming concerned, but hopefully we will be able to start talking to riders soon.

“It does need sorting out in the near future and I’m sure Neil is considering everything very carefully. At this stage, however, it’s unfair to expect me to comment on what may or may not happen at the club and also what Neil is thinking.

“As soon as there is anything further to report then we will update fans accordingly.”