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Tim Harris backs Gloucester City groundshare plans

Blue Square North

Former general manager Tim Harris has defended plans for Gloucester City to leave Cirencester's Corinium Stadium and become tenants at Cheltenham Town.

City have to either pay for work on the ground so that it meets the Blue Square North's grading criteria, find a new home or face automatic relegation

"Personally, I think it's a good idea," Harris told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"With the economic climate, common sense has to prevail somewhere along the line in terms of the costs."

Harris, who also played for Cheltenham during his career, left his role with the Tigers last year but is still involved in the task group to bring the team back to the city.

Gloucester have been without a permanent home of their own since Meadow Park was flooded by eight feet of water in July 2007.

They ground-shared with Forest Green in 2007-08 and won promotion from the Southern League to the Blue Square North in their first season at the Corinium Stadium.

The Football Conference gave City a season to meet the Grade B standard, but now the club feels this is not economically viable.

In a statement City confirmed they are in "exploratory talks with Cheltenham Town" with a view to ground sharing at Whaddon Road, but reiterated the club's long term desire to move back to Gloucester.

The statement read: "All working for the club remain absolutely committed to taking the club back to Gloucester in the shortest time possible, in the highest league possible and in a financially sound and viable state."

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