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Wrexham reveal sale of football club is imminent


Wrexham Football Club is set to be sold "as soon as possible", with current owner Geoff Moss and chairman Ian Roberts stepping down from the board.

Robert Bickerton, who has been on the board at Shrewsbury and Macclesfield, takes over as chairman.

It had been thought that parent company Wrexham Village Ltd would sell the club but keep its Racecourse Ground home.

But the ground and facilities will also be sold to new owners Van Morton Investments Ltd "at a later date".

However, their is no mention of how the sale of the Blue Square Premier promotion-chasers and ground will affect the Crusaders rugby league club, which shares the ground with Wrexham.

Roberts is chairman of the Super League side, while Moss and Paul Atkinson are fellow shareholders.

A statement from the north Wales club read: "Wrexham Village Ltd announces that it has agreed an option with Van Morton Investments Ltd to allow it to purchase Wrexham FC as soon as possible and at a later stage the stadium and training ground.

"As a result of this Robert Bickerton has joined the board of directors as chairman and Tony Allan has joined the board as a director, he will also take on responsibility for running the club as chief executive.

"Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts will be stepping down from the board and will become vice-presidents.

All parties will... ensure that nothing prevents the continued good work of the team, management and staff

Wrexham statement

"Robert has previously served on the board of directors at Macclesfield Town FC, in the roles of finance director and chairman, and also on the board of directors of Shrewsbury Town FC as manager director.

"Tony Allan, who began his administrative career with Notts County, has also served Wigan Athletic, Chester City and Port Vale as secretary.

"Van Morton Investments is a recently formed company, the purpose of which is to attract and provide Wrexham FC with funding.

"All parties will work towards a smooth transition in change of ownership and ensure that nothing prevents the continued good work of the team, management and staff."

On Saturday - after the 3-2 win at Mansfield that kept Wrexham fourth in the table - manager Dean Saunders said that he did not expect the club to be sold.

"I would have known if the club was sold, I think there might be some investors coming in," said Saunders.

"I think Geoff has invested an awful lot of money into the club and constantly puts money in to pay the wages each month.

"Obviously, all I'm concerned about is if they are going to give me money for the team. I've got enough on my plate without thinking about all the other things that go on."

Wrexham are on a five-game winning streak - equalling the best run under Saunders since he first took over in October 2008 - and are next in action at home to Altrincham on Tuesday night chasing a sixth success to set a new record.

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Saunders dismisses sale rumours
29 Jan 11 |  Wrexham
Mansfield 2-3 Wrexham
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Crusaders struck by redundancies
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Wrexham spirit delights Saunders
29 Jan 11 |  Wrexham
Saunders hopes for transfer funds
04 Jan 11 |  Wrexham
Wrexham in ground transfer plan
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Macclesfield face FA cash charges
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BBC Sport Wales coverage
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