SWINDON Borough Council Leader David Renard says Swindon Town fans should not have concerns about their team failing to start the season due to unpaid rent at the County Ground.

The football club is thought to owe the council a six-figure fee in terms of unpaid rent, but Cllr Renard said while this money will need to be repaid at some point, his cabinet will not be making life difficult for Town's new administration as they uncover the true state of the club's finances.

In a statement from the Leader of Swindon Borough Council, Cllr Renard welcomed Town's new owner, Clem Morfuni, and moved to alleviate fears of some supporters regarding the council potentially spoiling the takeover party.

Cllr Renard said: “I am really pleased the ownership situation at the football club has been resolved because a cloud of uncertainty had been hanging over the County Ground for some time.

“Fortunately, the fans can now look forward to what we hope will be a bright future under Clem Morfuni and I would like to warmly welcome him to Swindon.

“It is no secret that the previous owner owed a considerable amount of money to the Council in the form of unpaid rent, but we remain committed to working with the club to resolve this issue.

“We will be doing everything we can behind the scenes to help the club start the new season under the new regime so Town supporters can enjoy watching their team without worrying about events off the pitch.”

Swindon Town is set to hold a press conference with the new owner, manager, and director of football at 5pm on Thursday.