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14th December 2006 18:37

Evening Post, 14 December 2006

Mansfield Town owner Keith Haslam today told the Post that he would consider selling the club to Andy Perry - if a large enough offer was put on the table.

And the chief executive also insisted Peter Lee is still chairman of the Stags - even though he has not been seen at Field Mill for weeks.

Mr Haslam confirmed he is aware of renewed interest from Perry - who runs club shirt sponsors Perry Electrical - in taking control of the club.

Last week Perry released a statement saying he was still in talks with Haslam about a take-over and was "seeking to come to a mutually acceptable agreement".

But the Stags' owner said he would need to see a firm offer before making a decision about whether to relinquish control.

"As the statement said, he has made an inquiry - but he has not made a bid," said Haslam.

"I would only take it seriously if we were talking the right sort of money, otherwise I won't treat it as serious.

"But it is all hypothetical at this point anyway until there is something concrete to consider.

"It is up to Andy now to decide what he wants to do. If he comes up with an offer, then fine. If not, that's also fine. There is no desperate need to conduct a transaction."

Meanwhile, Haslam moved to quash rumours that Lee has quit as Mansfield's chairman.

The former chief executive of the Football Foundation was unveiled in the role at the end of last season.

But he has not attended a Stags match since early in the current campaign and also cancelled a meeting with supporters group SSA.

Haslam is adamant that Lee is still employed by the club and believes it is not imperative that he is present on match days.

He said: "I just had a meeting with him on Monday and we sorted out various things regarding the club.

"Although he has not been to games recently, he is still definitely with the club.

"I know a lot of chairmen who don't go the games. I'm not naming names, but I know it to be the case and one chairman I know has just been on holiday for five weeks.

"Peter's role is more to do with other areas of the football club rather than keeping in contact with staff. Running the day to day side of things is my job.

"He speaks to the different governing bodies. He is looking at how to develop the club and move it forward. He is looking at the club's structure."


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