KENDAL Town Football Club has been approached by a group of investors who say they want to bring about improvements both on and off the pitch at the Pye Motors Stadium.
Michael O’Neill, who was involved in a similar approach last year, has written to Mintcakes chairman George Gudgeon expressing a willingness to meet with regards to investing expertise, time and money into the club.
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Mr O’Neill says he has the support of two other people – who were not involved in last year’s bid and at this stage wish to remain unnamed – who want to help unlock the potential of the club.
“The ground is not up to scratch, attendances have dropped and the first-team budget is low so I’m putting my name back into the hat,” said Mr O’Neill, who is head of youth recruitment at Football League Division One Fleetwood Town Football Club.
“I’ve been involved in the club, I know a lot of good people in the area and I can see a lot of potential,” he said. “But investment will depend on a lot of things – how much is needed and who is involved. We wouldn’t just hand over money; we would need involvement ourselves. An investment is an investment.”
O’Neill said that he had been impressed by the work being done by current manager David Foster – and the consortium behind the approach would look to build on that if they became involved.
However, that appears unlikely as both O’Neill and Gudgeon said the club had not responded to the consortium’s advances.
“It’s my personal belief the approach will be rejected but I will always retain my interest in Kendal Town,” he added. “We will always be willing to get involved if the club ever need us but you can’t make people need you.
“I just want to see a happy club with full stands fighting at the top end of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.”
Gudgeon acknowledged receipt of the approach and said he had taken it to the club’s committee, but was critical of the way it came about. “It’s very unprofessional,” he said. “Michael O’Neill emailed me and it said a consortium would be interested in investing and that was it. It goes to the committee, it’s not my decision.”