Hartlepool United fans demand answers after takeover collapse

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HARTLEPOOL United fans are demanding answers over the shock collapse of the club’s takeover.

Supporters reacted following an announcement from Victoria Park yesterday afternoon that a deal between IOR and TMH 2014 was off.

Pools issued a brief three sentence statement saying the proposed sale of IOR’s shareholding to TMH 2014 is no longer going ahead and Ken Hodcroft remains as chairman.

But fans say the club should come out and explain what has happened behind the scenes.

Supporter Kevin McElhone, 58, of Naisberry Park, Hartlepool, who has been a fan for over 50 years, said: “We’ve got new players and a manager and ticket prices have been reduced.

“I would like to know who’s done that. If it was Ken Hodcroft and IOR maybe it’s a step forward. If it wasn’t and was done by the so-called takeover people it will be back to square one again with Ken reducing funding.

“I think the club needs to come out and clear the air once and for all and let the fans know what’s going on.”

Pauline McSweenie, secretary of Hartlepool United Supporters’ Association, was not surprised by the announcement.

“I think we all knew it was on the way,” she said. “It was taking too long.”

Pauline added: “At least we have still got someone there to keep us afloat, hopefully until the end of the season.

“We need to keep our league position and stay in the Football League.

“If IOR can help us do that then great.”

Pools fan and radio DJ Paul ‘Goffy’ Gough, was surprised and said: “With Hartlepool you learn to expect the unexpected.

“The one shining light that has come out of all this is Ronnie Moore who has given us hope for a brighter tomorrow.

“It is all about what happens on the pitch in the next couple of months now.”

Neil Appleyard, of Hartlepool Disabled Supporters Association (HUDSA), also did not know what to make of the news.

He said: “It is confusing. One minute we think new people are coming in and everything’s changed and now we are back to square one.

“I’m quite shocked by the whole situation. People are wondering what’s gone on and what’s going to happen next.

“At the end of the day IOR are still with us. Let’s see what happens.”