ANDY PERRY ON GROUND LEASE
10 Oct 2009
Andy Perry audio interview about ground lease, on BBC Radio Nottingham before the Altrincham game. Audio not available.
Stags chairman plays down ground fears
Evening Post, October 13, 2009
CHAIRMAN Andy Perry today assured concerned fans Mansfield Town the club will soon have the necessary Field Mill lease to challenge for promotion.
When the current board agreed a deal with Keith Haslam to take-over the Stags, they negotiated a ten-year lease of the ground.
That agreement, now in it's second year, was deemed sufficient for entry into Football League at the time.
But rules have changed and state a club must now have at least ten years left to run to be considered for admittance.
Worried supporters feared Mansfield might not be able to contest the end-of-season Blue Square Premier play-offs, should they finish in the top five.
But Perry insists an extended lease is expected to be signed in November, well ahead of the March deadline laid down.
"We have just about sorted out the lease negotiations and there are no problems," said Perry.
"There are two proposals we have put forward. One is have a rolling year-on-year deal, meaning we always have a ten-year lease and the other is to extend the lease for five more years.
"To hold a lease for ten years, rather than having ten years left to run, was previously fine, but is no longer the case.
"But the deal will be signed soon and we hope it puts people's minds at rest."
Meanwhile, Luke Jones could be in contention for a surprise recall at Eastbourne on Saturday.
He started light training yesterday as he continues a speedy recovery from an ankle injury initially expected to rule him out for more than two months.
Boss David Holdsworth said: "Luke has worked very hard to get back. He is a model professional.
"The good thing is he has lost none of his fitness levels since he has been out."
Levi Porter has returned to Leicester City after his one-month loan while trialist Alton Thelwell has moved on to Newport County.
But the Stags are taking a look at right-winger Craig Dobson, formerly of Brentford and Stevenage, and he is set to play in a trial game on Thursday.
Mansfield have been drawn at home to Altrincham in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup on October 24.
No problems over Field Mill lease
CHAD.co.uk, 12 October 2009, By John Lomas
The 'Three Amigos' have assured fans they will have their lease on Field Mill sorted out in plenty of time for any potential promotion.
The new owners were told last year they needed a 10-year lease on the ground which was sorted with former owner and landlord Keith Haslam.
The goal posts have now been slightly moved and they need a full 10 years on it from next March to be considered for promotion if they won the BSP or won the play-offs.
However, Mr Perry said: "It is just about sorted already and will be signed sometime next month.
"We have spoken with Keith Haslam and there is absolutely no problems with the negotiations.
"After speaking to our advisors we have given him two proposals, one for an extra year to make it up to the 10 required or a rolling lease.
"There are no issues over it and it doesn't even need to be sorted before March, but should be sorted by November."
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