Sheffield speedway boss’s call for action

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Neil Machin wants to see Sheffield’s immediate future resolved as soon as possible.

The want-away Tigers owner has spent three days with co-promoter David Hoggart at the British Speedway AGM.

He admits he doesn’t want to hold back team-building as other clubs step up their plans for next season in the Premier League which now has 12 teams after Leicester’s move into the Elite League.

Said Machin: “I can only repeat that the club needs someone with the enthusiasm and drive. The club is ready to run. I’ve been very fortunate in that I have a loyal base of staff, meetings run like clockwork and any new owner can access them all. It would be in the best interests of the club to get this sorted sooner rather than later because there is the matter of team-building to consider.”

Promoters have voted in an expanded league programme of 14 home meetings plus a League Cup competition to give plenty of meetings to supporters. Hoggart remains on the sport’s management committee with Edinburgh’s Alex Harkess spending a fifth successive season as chairman. And there is optimism that a new TV deal can be struck to keep domestic racing on screen for a 16th season.

Said Machin: “As with any AGM, it wasn’t all plain sailing but I’m sure the product is right for the league to move forward and progress.

“Hopefully we will have some more news on our own situation in the new future and Sheffield Speedway can progress.”