HARTLEPOOL United could be on the verge of a takeover, SportMail understands.
A South-Yorkshire based consortium is understood to be set to buy the club from IOR, who have owned Pools since 1997.
Staff at the club had a meeting yesterday and an announcement is expected imminently.
Struggling Pools are currently bottom of the Football League and without a manager.
SportMail quizzed the club about their long-term plans in a recent Q&A, asking what is IOR’s long-term vision for the club and whether they are committed even if Pools are relegated.
The club, making reference to the ongoing issue with Victoria Park, responded: “IOR always considers its investment and economics of any of its business models.
“The situation with the council is very serious and the club has even hinted to the local MP to take notice, but with no response.
“Until the council sell the ground, then IOR will always evaluate its forward position and decisions, no matter what league the club is in.”