Speedway: Former Tigers chief vows not to interfere

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Neil Machin insists he will leave the new consortium in charge of Sheffield Tigers to run the club their way.

The former owner, who has sold out to Damien Bates, Peter Mole and Simon Parker, is to retain his licence with the British Speedway Promoters’ Association and act as an advisor to the new Owlerton bosses.

And he insists they are the right people to take the club forward with the enthusiasm he had 20 years ago.

“I’d like to wish the consortium members all the very best and their enthusiasm reminds me very much of myself 20-years ago,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to it because it means I can enjoy my speedway without any pressure and I am there if they need me for any advice or opinion if they so want that. I have the benefit of a lot of experience but in many ways Sheffield Speedway runs itself on a race night with all the loyal track staff the club has.

“These guys in charge are the right people to take the club forward. They have good ideas and bags of enthusiasm which I like to see.”

Tigers riders will be put through their paces in public for the first time at Owlerton on Thursday from 4.30pm. The team were together yesterday when they had another behind-closed-doors practice.