HASLAM - NO MEETING ON MONDAY
No takeover meeting planned on Monday - Haslam
CHAD.co.uk, 1 Dec 2007, by Tim Morriss
STAGS owner Keith Haslam this afternoon (Saturday) denied he has a meeting planned with James Derry on Monday to discuss the rejected takeover offer.
It is the latest twist in the protracted takeover talks for Mansfield Town Football Club between the chief executive and a consortium led by Mr Derry - and comes less than 24 hours before the Stags' big FA Cup tie at Harrogate Railway live on BBC 1's Match Of The Day.
Mr Haslam is expected to attend the match, where his friend and former Stags manager Carlton Palmer will be working as a pundit for the BBC, despite planned fans protests against his continued ownership of the club.
When the offer from the consortium was turned down on Thursday, Mr Derry said he hoped to resurrect the deal at a meeting with Mr Haslam on Monday morning.
But Mr Haslam said on Saturday afternoon: "Despite reports to the contrary, there has been no meeting requested with me by the consortium.
"The terms they offered were turned down.
"I am awaiting a phone call from one of the members of the consortium.
"I can say there has been no meeting planned and no meeting needed.
"There has to be a fundamental change in their offer for a meeting to be held.
"I am holding discussions with various people on Monday as to where we go from here."
After being made aware of the owner's surprise statement, Mr Derry told Chad later on Saturday afternoon: "I would prefer not to comment at this stage.
"I am surprised by this statement, but I will see Keith at the game tomorrow.
"I just want to get this all resolved."