SWINDON Town fans have called for clarity from chairman Lee Power after two High Court cases cast doubt over who actually owns the club.

As revealed in yesterday's Adver, Mr Power was taken to court by Michael Standing – the adviser to ex-England star Gareth Barry – and Australian businessman Clem Morfuni.

Each has obtained injunctions banning Mr Power from selling Town without their approval. The chairman told the court the club could face a third spell in administration if he cannot sell it to a US buyer.

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Rich Pullen, the creator of the Swindon Town podcast Loathed Stranger, said: “I am no legal expert and I am more than sure this happens across the football industry but, yet again, this isn’t a great look for Swindon Town at such an uncertain time.

“From what I’ve read, Lee Power wants to sell the club so I think it would be good if the club could officially confirm this so we, as supporters, can look ahead.

“The future of the football club is the most important thing and, although nervous, I am slightly reassured by the club's immediate future based on what the court documents stated.

"I would imagine that it’ll be very difficult for Power to convince Town fans that he wants to own the club for any longer than he has to.

“There has always been an element of distrust from sections of the fanbase and now that will grow.”

The news came as Town were all but crowned champions of Sky Bet League Two. The season is set to be abandoned because of the coronavirus crisis and Town would finish top on a points-per-game basis.

Mr Pullen added: “The future of the current staff and squad will really depend on how this plays out. Losing this group under these circumstances would be gutting.

“The recent good vibes at the club are down to Richie Wellens, the players and support staff and not the boardroom.

“Being able to keep them would be a significant and we might get away with it under the current climate but that will depend on the outcome and aftermath of the legal proceedings."

Mr Standing claims to hold a 50 per cent stake in the club, while in 2018 Mr Morfuni agreed to pay £1.1m in exchange for a 15 per cent stake.

Vice-chairman of TrustSTFC Rob Angus said: “We have read the publicised court proceedings and discussed them with our lawyers.

“They raise many questions but we are reserving judgement until the courts make their conclusions.

“We are hoping that a positive we can take is that there are numerous parties who are keen to control of the club and take it forwards and build on the success that Richie Wellens and his team have delivered for us this season.

“We have had some dialogue with Clem Morfuni, who we know remains keen to support efforts to take the club onwards and upwards, which we see as a positive and we hope that all interested parties can work together to achieve a successful outcome.”

The Trust has plans to buy the County Ground from Swindon Borough Council for £2.2 million in a joint venture with the club.

Rob added: “Our plans to work with the owners of Swindon Town FC to purchase the County Ground from Swindon Borough Council remain intact.

“We have worked these agreements up to be agnostic as to who the owner of Swindon Town is.

“However, we will not be able to execute these agreements until we have clarity around the current ownership of Swindon Town FC."