Businessmen say Northampton Town rescue plan would “only be temporary” until long-term deal

Sixfields Stadium
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The group of four Northampton-based businessmen behind a potential rescue plan for the Cobblers say they would “only be caretakers” until there was a viable alternative.

David Jackson, Barry Stonhill, Brian Binley and Barry Hancock made their first public statement on Friday night after yet another week had passed without a deal being done ahead of this week’s court hearing.

In a new statement issued on Sunday evening, the group said it was upholding its promise to keep fans updated.

“Firstly we must add our congratulations to the team on their performance yesterday and fully understand the comments made thereafter by Chris Wilder. We also feel everyone connected with the club has been unbelievably loyal during the last couple of months.

“Just to recap we have stated that we would only get involved as a last resort and did so after it became public knowledge that the deal with Kelvin Thomas was floundering and in all probability was unlikely to proceed. As genuine long standing supporters of the club, our priority is to ensure the Cobblers survives and avoids administration or even extinction.

“Funds are in place to settle the outstanding debts and positive discussions have taken place with David Cardoza. We have also held talks with Kelvin Thomas and the recently introduced interested party. These talks are ongoing, but our priority is to keep the football club trading.

“In the event we are successful in our efforts to take control of the club it would only be merely as caretakers until such time as there was an acceptable, viable alternative and in no way are we looking to financially profit from our involvement, quite the opposite.

“The next few days are vital for the future of the Cobblers and we will work tirelessly with all concerned including Northampton Borough Council and the Supporters Trust to ensure one way or another we can put the last few months of uncertainty behind us and can continue to support Chris Wilder the team and all of the staff at Northampton Town Football Club,” the statement added.