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Reds takeover deal getting closer says middle man Hodgson

Saturday 20th October 2012
Keith Hill.

The consortium aiming to buy Barnsley Football Club has this week moved a step closer to striking a deal, the Chronicle understands.


The group, which includes several Italian and British businessmen, is understood to have held talks this week with Barnsley officials.


Former Liverpool player Dave Hodgson, the agent tasked by owner Patrick Cryne to find a buyer for the club, told the Chronicle: “It’s still very positive. There’s potentially good news on the way and I believe that within another week the football club might be in a position to take another step forward. Things are going forwards, not backwards, but we don’t want to say anything else at this time as talks are still underway and we don’t want to scupper any deal."


Hodgson revealed earlier this month that the consortium had the club’s best interests at heart and that there were no plans to replace Keith Hill as manager. The Chronicle understands that a consortium from Spain also made enquiries but have decided not to make an offer.


Meanwhile, Hill says he is focussing on footballing matters. He said: “We are trying to take care of business on the pitch. If someone did take over and decided to remove me as manager then my plans for Barnsley are transferable to another club. But I care about this club and I want to see all the work everyone has put in bear fruit.”