Uncertainty reigns

PUBLISHED: 16:18 21 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:07 06 May 2010

OXFORDSHIRE-based construction company The Leadbitter Group have denied that they are interested in buying St Albans City Football Club. It was suggested at last week s Supporters Trust meeting that the company was one of the parties being spoken to abou

OXFORDSHIRE-based construction company The Leadbitter Group have denied that they are interested in buying St Albans City Football Club.

It was suggested at last week's Supporters' Trust meeting that the company was one of the parties being spoken to about taking over the club but a spokesperson for the company denied they would be making such a move.

"We can confirm we are not interested in buying St Albans City Football Club," she told The Herts Advertiser.

The Leadbitter Group, who themselves have been put up for sale by their Dutch parent company Heijmans, have been named as the new contractor for the stalled £80m Oaklands College redevelopment scheme.

Last month chairman, John Gibson, issued a statement saying that, "in relation to the Football Club, William Verry Holdings Limited (the club's current owner) are looking forward to continuing into next season," but recent developments suggest that he is looking for new investment.

One person who is rumoured to be interested in investing in the club is footballer Darren Ward.

It is not known whether the 30-year-old former Watford trainee, who is currently on the books at Wolverhampton Wanderers, would become the majority shareholder or whether his input would be smaller.

Another option mentioned at the Supporters' Trust meeting involved a group of people investing £10,000 in the club for a 10 per cent stake, with the Supporters' Trust, Oaklands College and a former Stevenage director suggested as potential investors.

The players met with manager Steve Castle last week but as yet there have been no announcements as to which players will still be at the club for the forthcoming Blue Square South campaign.

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