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Tuesday, 29 January, 2002, 13:31 GMT
Brentford make ground promise
Brentford's ground, Griffin Park
Brentford chairman Ron Noades plans to sell Griffin Park
Brentford fans have been promised that the club will not move away from Griffin Park before plans for a new stadium are in place.

Bees chairman Ron Noades plans to sell Griffin Park, but no decision has yet been made about where the Bees will move to.

And fans had been worried that the club could be left homeless, as Brighton were a few seasons ago.

We will only enter into a ground share agreement if we believe it is in the long-term interests of the football club
John McGlashan
Bees United chairman
But these fears were eased at a meeting of the Brentford Independent Association of Supporters (BIAS) on Monday.

John McGlashan, chairman of Bees United, the Brentford Supporters Trust, revealed that he had been offered a place on the club's board at the meeting.

Noades threat

And he said that Bees United were poised to become majority shareholders in the club after committing to enter into an agreement to take Altonwood's shares.

McGlashan also reassured fans about the club's ground plans.

"As things stand at present the club will continue to play at Griffin Park," he said.

"But there is a possibility we may share a ground with another club in the future.

Brentford chairman Ron Noades
Noades has threatened to stand down
"I would like to stress however that any ground share agreement will be a short-term arrangement and no decision will be made before the planning application for Griffin Park has been approved by Hounslow Council.

"We will only enter into a ground share agreement if we believe it is in the long-term interests of the football club."

"Bees United will, as of now, take the lead in negotiating with the Council for a new stadium and the redevelopment of Griffin Park."

Noades plans to retire as Brentford chairman this summer.

But he has threatened to step down immediately if fans continue to criticise him over his plans to sell Griffin Park.

In an open letter to BIAS on Monday he said: "The current position is that I will not be funding the club beyond the end of this season.

"If your organisation and the supporters work against what I am trying to achieve for Brentford, I feel I have no obligation to even fund it for the remaining months of this season."

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