New owners 'ecstatic' at a chance to push on

Gary Calder and Liam Beasant are "absolutely ecstatic" to become the fourth owners of Rushden & Diamonds.

They follow in the footsteps of Max Griggs, the supporters' trust and Keith Cousins to take full control at Nene Park.

New chairman Calder and his vice-chairman Beasant had been in secret negotiations for up to six weeks until the deal was officially announced at a press conference yesterday.

Calder, who had previous spells at AFC Hornchurch and Weymouth, said: "We have a job to do here and we will take all the staff forward with us.

"We have got resources with our business to support the club.

"Keith has managed to get the deal over the line for us by wiping out

all his loans which added up to a significant six-figure fee within the club.

"Now we are all looking forward to embracing everyone to take this as far as we can.

"There are a lot of good people here who will be joining us from a business point of view.

"But none of the directors will be taking a penny from the club in terms of a salary.

"Predominantly this is a football move but there is a business model as well.

"Mr Griggs left a legacy with a structure which everyone can be proud of.

"Helen Thompson will also play an integral part in taking us forward but we just need to make sure that we maximise our income opportunities.

"I've been a football person all my life and this is a great opportunity for us.

"We are prepared to invest but it's a tough market out there. The job done previously will be a hard one to follow. We will be doing our best 24/7."

Calder and Beasant will be moving their business PB Devs from the south-west to a central base at Nene Park as part of the takeover deal.

Calder added: "I've known Keith for 25 to 30 years and we've often spoken about the possibility of him being prepared to sell the club.

"Liam and myself decided to come and look around the facilities which are breath-taking and jaw-dropping.

"After what we have gone through in the last six weeks, looking at the next 12 months is difficult.

"But we will run the club like a business.

"I don't think it's right for anyone to be shouting from the roof tops

because all that does is put you there to be shot down.

"We will be supportive to Justin Edinburgh, the staff and players to try to win as many games as possible.

"We won't win every game but we will be giving every assistance to try to improve our league position.

"Since starting the negotiations with Keith, I've been to every game until last Saturday when I had to attend a funeral.

"Liam and I are absolutely ecstatic to take charge.

"It's only right that we also say a big thank you to Keith for taking the negotiations over the line as well as Helen for all the work she

has done."