Northampton town’s supporters’ trust has called on a new set of mystery buyers reportedly poised to buy Cobblers to enter into open talks as soon as possible.
Months of speculation ended today when the Indian consortium said to have been close to buying the club announced it would be pulling out of any deal.
Shortly afterwards, chairman David Cardoza revealed he was not surprised the consortium had withdrawn and claimed to be in the advanced stages of talks with another mystery set of buyers.
The Chron understands a group of around six or seven businessmen are drawing up an offer to takeover the club.
Spokesman for the Northampton Town Football Club Supporters’ Trust James Averill, has urged the new group of businessmen to enter into dialogue with the trust as soon as possible, to avoid a repeat of the wall of silence that surrounded the previous take over bid.
He said: “If these people are interested in buying the club, we would urge them to get in touch with the trust.
“If there are people involved in the takeover that have their hearts close to the club, if they want to invest in the club, we will be willing to work with them.
“We need to open discussions now, because we have had a lot of speculation over the last few months.
“I feel we are actually on the cusp of something happening here.”
However Mr Averill said, with only three days to go until the football club must repay its £10.25 million loan to Northampton Borough Council, fans just want to be sure the Cobblers has a future.
While he said many saw the loan from the borough council as a positive for the club and looked forward to seeing Sixfields redeveloped with a new East Stand, two years down the line, many would be happy to see the Cobblers just avoid going into administration.
“I think we are in a situation where we have to prioritise now.
“If the new owners want to finish the stadium redevelopment, that’s brilliant.
“But at the minute we need to make sure the club is stable and running properly.
“Once we have done that, then maybe we can turn our thoughts back to the redevelopment.”
As for the Indian consortium, Mr Averill said the news the London-based group of businessmen were pulling out the buyout deal today came as little surprise.
He said: “If the Indian consortium had any real intention to purchase the they would have done so ages ago.
“If anything we now have closure - we now have it on the record this deal is completely off the table and we can begin to move forward.”