Gainsborough Trinity chairman to make final offer to buy the Northolme
Gainsborough Trinity chairman Peter Swann is preparing a last-ditch offer to buy the Northolme, a move which he believes would 'finally secure the future of the football club.'
Swann, who announced earlier this year he will quit at the end of this season for health reasons, says he is making one final attempt to try to get current owners of Trinity's ground, the Blues Club, to discuss the possibility of selling.
Over the next few weeks, Swann says he will approach the Blues Club with a number of options and will put an offer in writing.
After almost four years at the helm at Gainsborough and after investing around £1.75m into the club, Swann says that without having a tangible asset, he can no longer continue to invest.
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"I have heard in the past that the Blues Club have not considered a sale because I have never actually put a figure to them," said Swann.
"So I am now planning to do just that. I will not reveal a figure in the press, but only to the Blues Club, who I hope will then discuss that offer with its members.
"I also believe that the Blues Club think I want to buy the ground just to sell it down the line, but I can tell the Blues Club that is not the case.
"I want us to be playing football here at the Northolme for the foreseeable future.
"I am sure the Blues Club will moan that I have made this public, but I have done that because I sincerely believe it is in the best interests of the football club.
"If I can get the Blues Club to at least put this issue on an agenda for a meeting, I will be happy.
"Up until now, we have never sat down and discussed the possibility of selling the facility and I hope that we can at least do that."
As Swann plans to move away from the day to day running of the football club after this season, he is also planning to set up a committee which will take over much of the work.
Swann has outlined a plan to enlist eight members to form the committee, and he is also hoping to find a further four who will become directors.
"It would be great to get that committee set up, so they can take on the day-to-day running of the club," Swann added.
"My health issues have to take priority and I have to put less time into the football side of my business.
"I also plan to enlist four members who could bring a cash investment of £1,500 each to the club, for which they would get shares and become directors.
"This club has come so far over the last few years and we are in a very good situation.
"Even with a reduced playing budget next season, I believe the club would be in a stronger financial position if the football club owned its ground.
"It would put the club in a position of strength going forward."