Fresh interest in Hartlepool United takeover - but no offers on table

A number of fresh potential investors have come forward to express an interest in taking over Hartlepool United.

Tuesday, 16th January 2018, 11:31 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th January 2018, 11:35 am
Craig Harrison.
Craig Harrison.

But, at this stage, the club remain cautious regarding new names throwing their hat in the ring.

The Mail understands that at least two potential investors or consortia have come forward, prompted by reports in the media of the club’s plight.

At this point, though, their intentions, or the seriousness of their interest, is not yet known.

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And as a result, it is too early, at this stage, to claim progress has been made on the investment front.

Just nine days remain for the club to find the remainder of the £200,000 needed to foot the bills for January.

A tax bill and wages to staff and players must be paid by this point. Should Pools default on those obligations the risk of administration, ten point penalties and the like becomes a very real prospect.

With Sage investments pulling the plug on the cashflow into club coffers, Pools’ only real hope moving forward is to find an investor from outside willing to dig deep to keep the club afloat.

Six interested parties signed non-disclosure agreements two weeks ago, having provided proof of funds to the tune of £3million.

Since then four have dropped out.

To this point none of those who have come forward over the weekend have moved on to that stage yet.

But there is hope from within that there could be some movement on that front over the next few days.

Meanwhile, Pools game on Saturday, February 3 against Leyton Orient at Victoria Park has been postponed.

Due to Orient’s involvement in the third round of the FA Trophy, set to be played on that weekend, the clash has been put back.

No new date has been set for the encounter.