Spireites: Enquiries from interested parties but no bids with proof of £10m funding yet

There has been no change in Chesterfield Football Club's perilous financial situation and they will need further investment before the cash runs out next month.

Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 2:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:40 am
Dave Allen flanked by his fellow directors, CEO Chris Turner and manager Danny Wilson at the Chesterfield AGM, shortly before he resigned

Although the Derbyshire Times understands there have been a couple of enquiries from interested parties, no one has come forward with a firm offer and proof of funding to the tune of £10million.

Crucially, majority shareholder Dave Allen has not reversed his decision to quit the boardroom.

Last week CEO Chris Turner confirmed a £500,000 shortfall in the club’s finances needs to be plugged to cover costs up to Christmas.

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Talking to the Derbyshire Times he said: “I’m hoping there will be something resolved by this Saturday that will take the pressure off this club.

“Then we can start to build again. At the moment the brakes are on.”

It is clear this week however that a resolution has not yet been found.

Company secretary Ashley Carson is currently in charge of managing the crisis at the Proact and he has appointed Begbies Traynor as an insolvency practitioner to advise the club.

Writing in his programme notes for Saturday’s game, Carson revealed there would be no EGM within 28 days of the dramatic AGM, as promised on the night by former vice chairman Dave Jones.

Carson said: “David was under extreme pressure and shock on the night - as we all were – and this was said with the best of intentions.

“However, I do not think a meeting is required just yet, as there are still no accounts that can be signed off and we don’t have any clear future mapped out.

“As soon as circumstances chance I will certainly call a meeting but for now I ask all shareholders for your patience and understanding.”

Carson, Turner and director John Croot are due to take part in a live broadcast on Wednesday night to answer fan questions.