Community trust's takeover of Chesterfield FC "making extremely good progress"

Ashley Carson says Chesterfield FC Community Trust’s Spireites takeover deal is “making extremely good progress” and could be completed next month.

Monday, 17th February 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 5:23 pm

Last Thursday the trust released a statement saying the deal was “close to completion.”

Commenting on the latest announcement, Mr Carson, the club’s company secretary, said: “Dave Allen and I are delighted with the progress of negotiations with the community trust.

“Compared to all previous discussions with potential buyers Mike Goodwin (community trust chairman) has been open and transparent all the way through the process when either good or bad news.

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“We are making extremely good progress on the sale and remain opitmistic on conclusion of the sale during March.

“Our goal has always been to the leave the club in the fans control and debt free.

“Both Dave Allen and I believe that this can now be achieved via the community trust.”

The takeover appeared to be in doubt last month after the trust announced it had “suffered a setback involving funding partners” but that now appears to have been resolved.

Mr Goodwin said last Thursday: “Detailed business plans are in place after completing due diligence and we are now looking to proceed with the purchase of the football club.

“We are awaiting final confirmation from our funding partners after the funding was agreed in principle.

“I would like to thank Ashley Carson for his valued help and co-operation.

“Dave Allen’s assistance in helping us get to this stage should also be recognised.”