Chesterfield MP meets Spireites' Community Trust over proposed takeover

Toby Perkins says he remains in talks with the prospective new owners of Chesterfield FC.

The town's MP met up with the Spireites Community Trust to discuss their latest plans yesterday.

Speaking with Peak FM recently, he told us the takeover would be a positive change, but also reckons it'll bring a number of financial challenges.

Mr Perkins said: "Getting new ownership that really is committed and loves the club is vital, but it is going to be a different model. The trust in the long-term are not going to be able to sustain the sort of losses that the club has sustained under Dave Allen."

"The Trust's model is about spending less on the football side, it is about getting more volunteers involved, it is about spending less and hoping also to generate more sponsorship and a sense of the town coming together behind the club."

Recent statements from the Football Club and the Community Trust confirmed they were unable to meet the February 14th deadline for the takeover, due to one of the funding parties pulling out which has left the trust with a shortage of funds.

The club also confirmed it had operated at a loss of more than £1.8 million for the last financial year.

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