DERRY CONSORTIUM BID GOES IN
Consortium bid for Stags goes in
exclusive report by Chad.co.uk
By Tim Morriss, 09 Aug 2007
BUSINESSMEN bidding to buy Mansfield Town FC this afternoon officially placed their offer. The consortium, headed by current Stags' chairman James Derry, is made up of four other businessmen, Chad.co.uk can also exclusively reveal.
Tonight Mr Derry confirmed that his offer had been made and that he was hopeful of a quick response from the football club.
"They are keen to move this forwards so I hope something will be known soon. But for now we just have to wait and see," said Mr Derry.
The Stags' chairman, who would be one of the five investors, also revealed that he had spoken today with another businessman keen to join the local bid.
Mr Derry added: "He heard about my appeal for more local people to join us and came forward. If we are successful, he may also come on board."
The other names in the consortium have asked to remain anonymous for now, but they all live within a 30-mile radius of Mansfield.
The local consortium is one of four interested parties hoping to persuade Mansfield Town FC chief executive Keith Haslam to sell the football club - though Mr Haslam would retain ownership of the Field Mill stadium.
A bid from two Australian businessmen has already been rejected, but it is known that one other offer is being considered by Mr Haslam - with another party also considering making an offer.
The man handling bids for Mansfield Town FC, Mike Howarth, last week spoke publically for the first time on the possible takeover at Field Mill.
He told Chad: "It would appear to make sense that a new owner should take control at the beginning of the season, if this is possible. Mr Haslam is quite prepared to sell the football club."
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