MP: Current and former Town directors hope to reach arrangement to safeguard immediate future

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins

MP Toby Perkins believes that current and former directors of Chesterfield FC are hoping to reach an agreement that will safeguard the club’s immediate future.

The quartet of David Jones, Chris Breeze, Philip Taylor and Alan Goodall quit the Proact in a row with owner Dave Allen over debentures.

Allen, who quit as chairman at Chesterfield’s AGM, had asked the four to wipe out the £1.8m owed to them by the club.

The majority shareholder’s departure left the club short of funds, but he provided a £200k loan last month to enable Town to pay the wages.

Chesterfield MP Perkins insists both sides are optimistic however.

“I know that both sides hope to come to an arrangement that allows the short term future of the club to be assured,” he said.

“I am pleased that funding has come in to stabilise the immediate situation.”

Mr Perkins says more work needs to be done to secure the club’s long term future and he is prepared to play a part.

He said: “The position on the pitch is clearly precarious and in the longer term there is a need for either new investment or a new business model that doesn’t require constant director hand-outs, or preferably both.

“I am aware that there are people who are considering potential investment in the club and I stand ready to do anything I can, to see the club – a crucial institution in the town – get back to a healthier position on and off the pitch.”