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  • Football club chiefs to hold further talks with prospective investor

    Ollie Cowan

    FURTHER talks are to take place between Southport FC board members and prospective investor Phil Hodgkinson,

    Four club directors James Treadwell, Adrian Shandley, Ian Kyle and Martyn O’Hara, answered questions from fans at a packed meeting at the club’s Grandstand Club last Thursday.

    Mr Treadwell said the board’s intention was to make the fans feel part of the club and they would endeavour to involve them all in as many facets as possible.

    James Treadwell said the board’s reason for signing Mark Wright and Alan Lewer was that they were the best applicants.

    He explained that Steve Haw’s remit as general manager was to be in charge of ‘off ground’ matters.

    There were queries into former chairman Charlie Clapham’s current involvement with the club, seeing that he and Mr Shrouder had held on to their shares but Mr Treadwell said that was to ensure that his £160,000 went directly to the club to help finance the new season.

    Mr Clapham’s company Palace Chemicals might still offer sponsorship but other avenues are being looked at for the payroll as the company’s involvement ended on June 30.

    On the playing side, Mark Wright said he was here to get soccer schools and the Under 21s going, and raise more sponsorship for the club.

    He emphasised the “extraordinary quality” of the players they had signed so far and he expected to have a full squad in the next few days.

    Alan Lewer promised the team would play in the same exciting fashion that his sides have been noted for. The aim was to reach the top half of the table this season and the play-offs in the second year.

    l More than 100 supporters attended the Railway Club in Southport on Saturday to listen to Phil Hodgkinson and Nigel Allen update supporters on their attempts to acquire control of Southport FC. Since their last meeting with supporters a month ago they have set up a website, www.backthebid.co.uk, and have started distributing merchandise to fans supporting their campaign.

    Mr Hodgkinson said they had had a “constructive dialogue” with the existing board of directors and both sides will formulate strategies.

    Club vice chairman Ian Kyle was praised for mediating between the existing board and the duo.

    Mr Hodgkinson said: ‘The determination and conviction of the supporters to see a new beginning at Southport FC is as strong as ever, given the turmoil of the last few months.”

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