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Boardroom battle delays contract talks
THE current boardroom wrangle at Swindon Town has delayed contract talks for a number of out-of-contract stars and youth-teamers waiting to discover whether or not they have earned their first pro deals.
Seebeck 87 Ltd, the company used to acquire Swindon Town Football Company Ltd in January 2013, have claimed that they still own the club, despite the publicising of a takeover by current chairman Lee Power in December.
A High Court hearing will take place in London on Tuesday, when a judge will decide whether or three proposed directors - all of whom are also on the board of Seebeck 87 - can be installed onto the club’s board.
The trio, Adam Fynn, Debbie Priestnall and David Smith, have all attended meetings at the County Ground in the space of the last week, along with former Town general manager Steve Murrall, Martin King and the company’s legal brief.
Until the confusion is resolved, however, it appears that the 17 players who see their current terms with the Robins expire on July 1, as well as four second-year scholars who have yet to be told whether or not they will be retained next season, will have to wait.
Swindon manager Mark Cooper revealed on Easter Monday that Power had begun tentative discussions with the representatives of Troy Archibald-Henville about a possible extension to his time in Wiltshire, but those conversations are likely to be put on hold until the board-level issues are ironed out.
Sixteen other members of the first-team squad, including Nile Ranger, Jay McEveley and Raphael Branco, also need to have their futures decided.
The four youth-team players - Curtis Da Costa, Matty Jones, Salvyn Kisitu and Liam Walsh - were due to find out this week if they were to be handed one-year pro contracts after completing the relevant academic coursework. However, those decisions have now also been put off for the time being.
Cooper said of the situation: “Until things are resolved then it’s very difficult to say.
“It’s not the ideal situation but we can’t worry about that. We have to worry about two games and firstly Notts County on Saturday.
“It’s difficult, with what’s going on, to know who’s staying and who’s going and what state the club’s going to be in.
“It’s not ideal but we’ve just got to keep going.
“We’ve had a brilliant season, in my opinion, on the pitch and I want to finish it off and concentrate on coaching and working on the players, who have been brilliant to work with this year.”
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