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KELVIN THOMAS ON TUESDAY NIGHT'S DECISION, THE NEXT STEPS AND THE TIMEFRAMES INVOLVED

An update from the Chairman

10 March 2022

Chairman Kelvin Thomas has been reacting to Tuesday night's decision from West Northamptonshire Council cabinet meeting where members voted to approve the club’s proposal for the disposal of land at Sixfields.

"It has been a long time coming in terms of the process, and we completely understand why that was the case but Tuesday night was a very positive step," he said.

"It is a massive decision for the football club and you cannot stress how important it was for the club and we are very pleased the decision was made. A lot of people have worked very hard to ensure the whole process was very robust and very transparent.

"It was good to hear Cllr Beardsworth, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, say at the meeting to the Conservative Cabinet that it had been a very robust and transparent process and that was important to hear from an opposition Councillor.

"The whole deal is structured around what is in the best interests of the football club and that is what we want to achieve."

The Chairman also updated supporters on the next steps and the timescales involved.

"It is very important we don't get carried away," he said.

"We want to get moving as quickly as possible. I have already spoken to Buckinghams and we have talked about setting up a meeting next week, but we can't rush the process.

"What happened on Tuesday night was a very positive step, we now move on to the legal process and I think 6 to 8 weeks is a realistic timeframe for that process.

"The ACV process could take 6 weeks or 6 months, we are not in control of that ,so we have to make sure we don't set unfair expectations and that supporters know what we are looking at.

"We are keen and ready to move forward as soon as possible, we are working diligently and we are ready to move as soon as we can.

"I think supporters trust us, they know we are working in the best interests of the club and we are very much pushing things forward as soon as we can."

You can watch the full interview with the Chairman below. This was recorded at the County Ground, the venue where the club played for 97 years, as we took time to reflect on the history of Northampton Town Football Club in the week of the club's 125th birthday.


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