Once again the Football League seems to have refused the takeover of Stockport County by the Melrose Consortium. What appears to be a statement released by the administrators, Leonard Curtis, this evening states:
"We are disappointed to report that we have received confirmation via our solicitors that the Football League are presently unable to recommend the transfer of the SCFC share to The Melrose Consortium, however we have had no direct communication from the Football League."
The announcement goes on to confirm that "the sale cannot be completed at present." After stating "we remain hopeful that the Melrose Consortium can still progress their interest" immediate doubts are raised as to whether the administrators have much conviction that it can, as they then issue a plea for any other interested parties to come forward:
"We would strongly recommend to any other parties interested in taking the Club forward that they contact the Joint Administrators office directly."
As yet there is no information available as to the grounds on which the Football League has refused to transfer the club's 'Golden Share' of League membership to the Melrose Consortium. However it is good to see that, given the past history of far too many dodgy owners in football and also the current financial climate, the Football League is one football institution that seems to be taking its obligations seriously. And not before time.
It will be little comfort to Hatters fans, who just want to see their club survive, but perhaps better pain now rather than simply being transferred to yet another group that talk the talk but can't walk the walk; and thus finding themselves back in another mess a few years, or even months, down the line.
Link: Yet Another Meeting For Hatters
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