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Town tight-lipped on embargo
NO official comment was forthcoming from Swindon Town once again yesterday as question marks remain over the nature of the embargo in place at the County Ground and Gregory Hall’s role at the club.
With just seven days left until the emergency loan window shuts Town are still unable to register new players, but the club remain tight-lipped as to when they will be able to free themselves from the shackles of an embargo or why they remain subject to its restrictions.
It is understood that the £1.2million the Football League originally requested to be ring-fenced has been so for some time and all outstanding amounts due to other clubs, accrued during the old regime and carried forward by Jed McCrory’s board, are thought to have been paid off.
However, Swindon still cannot bring new faces in to aid their push for promotion from League One.
The Advertiser asked the Robins to provide an explanation of the situation yesterday but as of going to print last night no such statement had been issued.
The Football League, meanwhile, would not shed light on the situation when contacted by the Adver.
A spokesman said: “We never confirm or deny the existence of an embargo. You’ll need to be guided by the club on this issue.”
Chairman McCrory has previously stated on Twitter that he “100 per cent” expects the club to be out of embargo before the loan deadline of 5pm on Thursday, March 28.
Town have also yet to define Hall’s role as a director of the club’s holding company, Seebeck 87 Ltd, following his admission onto the board.
Hall’s recent past in the carbon credit industry has worried some sections of the club’s support and no comment has yet been made as to the part he will have to play in the future running of the Robins.
Hall was at the County Ground on Monday to talk with Steve Murrall, the Town general manager.
He is understood to have links with an investment group considering putting money into the club but how he has become so intricately involved remains a mystery.