Peter Swann set to leave Gainsborough Trinity after Blues Club refuse to sell Northolme
A shell shocked Peter Swann is ready to walk away from Gainsborough Trinity after the owners of the Northolme, the Blues Club, rejected his final offer to buy the ground.
The Trinity chairman wanted to purchase the Northolme and make the ground fit for the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Swann says he was also prepared to upgrade the Blues Club’s facilities.
However, the ground’s owners have refused to back down from their long-term stance and this week informed Swann that they are not willing to sell.
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“I received an email last night (Thursday) confirming that my offer had been turned down completely,” said Swann.
“To say I’m flabbergasted is an understatement. It’s been nearly three months since my meeting (with the Blues Club).
“I’ve wasted so much time on this (trying to buy the ground), but I’m not going to do it anymore.”
Following the Blues Club’s decision, Swann is set to stand down as chairman at the end of the season, saying he is not prepared to plough anymore cash into a club which doesn’t own its stadium.
“We’ve reached the end of the road now,” added Swann, who has suffered health problems in the last 12 months.
“I’ve already put a couple of million pounds into the club, but I can’t keep doing it. I’m not prepared to make myself ill over it.”
However, he insists if the club wins promotion to the Blue Square Bet Premier he will reward all members of the current squad with fresh contracts.
If Trinity do not go up he intends to write off loans and leave the club debt free so the club’s new owners will start with a clean slate.
“If we don’t go up the club will go back to being run how it was before, but without the debt it had when I came in,” said Swann.
“That’s something I’m looking to organise now so I would urge fans not to give up and instead get behind the club.
“We’ve got a great manager in Steve Housham and some very good young players.”
Following Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat at Blue Square Bet North leaders Chester, Trinity travel to bottom club Hinckley tomorrow (3pm).