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'Let's keep the momentum going'
1:50pm Friday 1st February 2013 in News
THE chairman of Trust STFC has urged Swindon Town’s new owners to make their intentions public as soon as possible.
A consortium fronted by Banbury United owner Jed McCrory is waiting for Football League approval to take over at the County Ground, having agreed to buy a large proportion of former owner Andrew Black’s 98 per-cent stake in the club.
With the deal not completely finalised, McCrory has yet to speak publicly to reveal his plans for the club, although transfer funds were made available for manager Paolo Di Canio to spend on the final day of the January transfer window.
Supporters Trust leader John Ward wants to hear how McCrory plans to ensure the long term sustainability of the Robins, and is willing to assist in any way he can.
“I wish the new owner luck, they have taken over a club with a fantastic amount going for it and I hope they are able to keep the momentum going,” he said.
“It is extremely important that they present themselves publicly as soon as possible, because transparency and accountability are really important factors in all of this. The Trust would like to help them do this in any way we can, and we look forward to meeting with the new owners.
“At this point we don’t know where the money is coming from, but it is of course very early days. It is very important we know precisely what the finances are and how it will be invested “It’s important they realise they are now stewards of the club and will one day pass it on to someone else, and it is their responsibility to ensure that is done in a sustainable way.
“This is an extremely similar story to when the consortium fronted by Andrew Fitton came in, but then we knew who the other members of the consortium were.
“They were good, true, people, and Andrew and Jeremy Wray had a very good knowledge of football and how the game works. Russell Backhouse, Andrew Black and Martin Arbib less so, but they understood how important a football club was to a community.”