Dunford appeals for support of fans when sale goes through

Crawley Town FC unveil new manager Mark Yates (right), with chief executive Michael Dunford (left) 19-05-2015.  SR1510634. Pic by Steve Robards SUS-150519-152547001
Crawley Town FC unveil new manager Mark Yates (right), with chief executive Michael Dunford (left) 19-05-2015. SR1510634. Pic by Steve Robards SUS-150519-152547001

Crawley Town chief executive Michael Dunford has called on fans to play their part when the club sale goes through.

Supporters were stunned to hear the announcement made on Saturday morning that the club is ‘close to being sold’ to new owners, a consortium from overseas.

The Checkatrade.com Stadium. Picture by Graham Carter SUS-160202-114138002

The Checkatrade.com Stadium. Picture by Graham Carter SUS-160202-114138002

The change of ownership is expected to take place in ‘two or three weeks’ if legal agreements and Football League ratification go through.

Dunford said: “I hope the Crawley people will get behind them and the club will continue to prosper on and off the field.

“We’ve got to look forward or else we will go backwards. Let’s wait until the ink is dried and the media will have ample opportunity to hear from the new owners.”

The club was put up for sale in 2013. Last autumn the mystery benefactor during its dramatic rise was revealed to be businessman Paul Hayward. However the ownership of the club is divided between director Matt Turner and chairman Dave Pottinger.

Crawley Town FC chief executive Michael Dunford 19-05-2015.  SR1510680. Pic by Steve Robards SUS-150519-152649001

Crawley Town FC chief executive Michael Dunford 19-05-2015. SR1510680. Pic by Steve Robards SUS-150519-152649001

A Crawley Town statement said: “Crawley Town FC can announce that they are close to completing an agreement with an overseas-based consortium who have agreed to take over the ownership of the club.

“Subject to the ratification of legal agreements and Football League approval being granted, the club hope to be finalise the takeover early next month. Discussions with the preferred consortium have been underway since October and the board firmly believe that they can take the club forward.”

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