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Baldwin reveals Cambridge United bid interest

Gareth Baldwin
Baldwin has been working with the U's since early 2010

Cambridge United commercial consultant Gareth Baldwin has revealed he could be interested in leading a bid to buy the club, should an opportunity arise.

Baldwin, who was previously chairman at Histon, joined the U's in early 2010.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I think there are a number of parties who are interested in the club.

"I would love the opportunity to find enough people to take ownership of Cambridge United and guide the club back into the Football League."

Baldwin amassed a wealth of experience in non-league football during his time with the Stutes.

During 17 years at Bridge Road, he helped guide the club from the Eastern Counties League to the verge of the Football League.

He has worked for the U's in a commercial capacity since quitting Histon in November 2009.

Cambridge's board announced last week that they were putting the club up for sale because of rising costs and falling crowds.

Despite their current problems, Baldwin believes there will be plenty of interest given the U's history.

"We have a fantastic product here. The football club has heritage and the city has heritage, and it's a great opportunity for the right person," he said.

Meanwhile, Gary Aytes of supporters trust Cambridge Fans United has confirmed they are working hard to assess their own options.

The U's board have invited an offer from CFU and Aytes says progress is already being made.

"The initial response we've had from people willing to invest and get involved has been very promising," he said.

"We've got a fantastic set of fans. In many ways they're our biggest asset and deserve some success."

Aytes says any bid will need to be backed by significant investment and concedes a fans-led project may not ultimately be the best way forward.

"We've put feelers out both locally and nationally and we've managed to make some very credible contacts," he said.

"If we can find a wealthy investor as opposed to a fans-led initiative then we would want that to happen as in the end it's about funding this club."

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