STAGS CHAIRMAN AND SPONSOR CLASH
Stags' chairman and sponsor clash
CHAD website, 20 March 2007
MANSFIELD Town's main sponsor Andy Perry has entered into a war of words with the club — and announced that he will no longer attempt to buy the club.
His comments come in response to a statement made by club chairman James Derry, who said Mr Perry had not followed through on claims that he wished to buy the club.
But Mr Perry says he has already made an offer to the club — despite being unable to obtain a copy of the club's accounts — which chief executive Keith Haslam has rejected.
"As far as I am aware I am the only person to stand and be counted in this saga," he said.
"My offer was a genuine offer and was made in good faith. It was motivated by a strong desire to have local control of the club and was driven by the interests of the fans and the wider Mansfield community.
"The statements made by the club are a denial of the facts and represent for me a fundamental breach of trust. I will not therefore, be continuing negotiations with Mr Haslam."
But Mr Derry yesterday said in an interview with radio station Mansfield 103.2 that although the club had been in talks with Mr Perry about a seven-figure bid, it had never received a 'bona fide' offer explaining where the money would come from.
"I can only assume that Mr Perry has thrown his toys out of the pram –– but we are under pressure to sell this club and that's why we have advertised it nationally," he said.
He added that in the light of Mr Perry withdrawing his interest in buying the Stags, the club would now be pursuing his firm –– Perry Electrical –– for debts he said were owing to the club stretching back over the last 18 months.
Mr Perry declined to respond to Mr Derry's comments.
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