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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 November 2005, 08:45 GMT
Newell angry with Hatters owners
Mike Newell
Luton Town manager Mike Newell hit out at the club's owners, after plans to move to a new stadium were scrapped.

The site, near junction 10 of the M1, would not be viable if a new runway is built at Luton Airport - so the club are now looking at a new site.

"These people have been in 18 months, so why has it taken them 18 months to find out they can't build a stadium at junction 10?" Newell fumed.

"What are they here for? I think it's to make money out of the stadium."

The Hatters were taken over in May 2004 by a consortium led by former general manager Bill Tomlins, who is now chairman.

Their current Kenilworth Road ground holds a maximum of just 10,000 fans, including 1,800 away supporters.

The club announced on Tuesday that preliminary meetings have been held regarding an alternative site near junction 12 - and that they could move in by 2008/09.

But Newell added: "All these plans for the club would take at least two years and even if you got planning permission it would still take you two years to build the place.

The owners have not even spoken to me about where they want the club to go in the next four or five years
Mike Newell
"And yet I have not heard of any the plans that they have got for the football club, or where they want the club to be.

"It's really annoying me because we are throwing money away every week. We could host 15,000 because the clubs that we entertain would bring 5,000 fans.

"We have been talking about a new stadium for about 20 or 30 years now, and there is going to come a time when you can't go any further."

Newell has earned praise after leading Luton to the League One title last season, and a very respectable fourth place in the Championship after 17 games.

But he said: "If I had six or seven bad results, there will be people on my back.

"Things can change very quickly and it just amazes me that the owners have not even spoken to me about where they want the club to go in the next four or five years.

"They are talking about stadiums all the time. People are speculating that I am just hovering around waiting for a job to come up.

"But that could not be further from the truth. If somebody said to me 'take Luton into the Premier League and into a new ground and keep improving the side the way you have done over the last two years', then I would say okay.

"But nobody has even talked to me about that - and that is really annoying."


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