Weymouth and Poppies on brink of takeovers

Fans Forum at Weymouth Football Club - George Rolls - 130111, Picture GRAHAM HUNT HG7837
Fans Forum at Weymouth Football Club - George Rolls - 130111, Picture GRAHAM HUNT HG7837

REPORTS in the south-west have suggested that Weymouth director Nigel Biddlecombe is looking to complete a takeover of the club by the end of today.

Such a move could have big repercussions for Kettering Town as it would clear the way for George Rolls to seal his own takeover at Nene Park.

Biddlecombe claims Rolls has accepted a five-figure offer for the club.

He said: “As far as I am concerned George Rolls has given me his word he will do a deal and I am hoping it will be finalised by the end of today.

“I have made him a five-figure offer, which is not massive, but it will allow him to get out of the club with a bit of money in his pocket.

“At the same time I have got a group of people, who, if I take over, have promised substantial monies to help fund the club between now and the end of the season.

“Several businesses have also pledged substantial sponsorship for next season, a lot of which is new and some old.

“I have also received offers of money from the normal everyday supporter but I have no intention of passing on any names.

“From my conversation with George Rolls yesterday, I felt he was happy to conclude the deal so he could depart Weymouth with good grace.

“Had it not been for George Rolls there would be no Weymouth Football Club here today but I certainly have no qualms about taking it on from here and making sure it continues to go forward.

“I have also been assured that if George Rolls does accept my offer and a deal is done, there will be no legal action taken from other sources to query the majority shareholding, which is currently in his wife’s name.

“It is a chance for a clean break for everyone without the embarrassment that would be inflicted on the club, the directors and the Rolls family if court proceedings did take place.”

Former director Paul Cocks and several supporters instructed solicitors to take legal action over the disputed shares last week.

Cocks believes Rolls reneged on an agreement when he acquired the shares shortly after taking over the club in November 2009 – an allegation the Poppies’ prospective new owner continues to deny.

Former chief operating officer at Plymouth Argyle, Tony Campbell, has also confirmed he is trying to buy Weymouth.

Campbell said his negotiations are at an early stage but admitted the timing could be dictated by what happens at Nene Park.

“I think the time scale is going to be driven by events at Kettering,” Campbell said.

“It is a complex process.

“Weymouth do have issues, and there is some due diligence to be done to address those issues. These things unfortunately take time.”

The Poppies will today find out whether they will be deducted three points for a failure to pay their football creditors as Rolls continues to close in on a takeover.

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