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Town's new owners meet the media at the County Ground
Updated 3:23pm Monday 25th February 2013 in Sport
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- New Town owners meet press for the first time
- Jed McCrory's consortium finalised takeover last week
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
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Plenty of issues will be raised over the next few days. Don't forget, the new owners have only been here two days. They need a moment to bed in.
Some very interesting notions discussed by the new owners. Don't forget to read all the quotes and reaction in tomorrow's Adver.
2:27pm Mon 25 Feb 13
the don69 says
Promotion is the number 1 aim,then we need 2/3 quality loan players asap Jed,who's going to chose these,Miller&Ward???
That is the end of the questions. Time for a picture or two.
McCrory thanks "respectful" fans for welcoming him and his fellow new owners to the club.
Very slick and smooth press conference thus far.
"I've had 30 days of chaos," says McCrory.
@BunceJoshua #stfcadver can't wait till Swindon is in the premier league ;)— @viralzues 25 February 2013
Rice admits last six weeks have been "distracting" for club, and says results have been impressive in spite of this.
Rice praises job done by joint player-managers Darren Ward and Tommy Miller at the weekend.
New owners keen to state that promotion is number one aim.
@SamMorshead_SA can they start selling alcohol in the town end please? #stfcadver— @woolybaabaa 25 February 2013
However, new owners are keen to stress that job could go to any number of candidates at this stage.
McCrory does not rule out return of Di Canio to the hotseat.
Says he is looking for "solidarity" in his manager going forward. Says there has not been a shortlist drawn up as yet.
McCrory says PDC has done a great job for the club.
significant funds made towards the club. Love the sound of that #STFC #stfcadver— @JamesSmi5 25 February 2013
McCrory was "staggered and surprised" by Paolo Di Canio's resignation as boss.
McCrory: "Andrew has cleared a lot of the debt. I do believe he's a genuine guy."
McCrory speaks of "respect" for previous majority shareholder Andrew Black.
Chief executive Nick Watkins' future remains unclear but the new owners will speak to him in time. McCrory says he wants to be "respectful" in his treatment of Watkins.
Hooper is looking forward to "a good night's sleep" but says he welcomes the challenge of moving the club forward to a "sustainable future".
I'm looking forward to seeing what the new STFC owners have in store for us! #stfcadver— @JayBox325 25 February 2013
He reiterates that the club have not spoken to anyone regards the managerial position.
McCrory is not looking at the redevelopment of the County Ground just yet, but says he will get to it in time.
There will be "significant funds" made available to improve the club.
McCrory says "there are a couple of businesses that are supporting us".
Rice says he will be "exploring new revenue streams".
McCrory says he is very proud and says the experience is "surreal".
Murrall introduces himself and says he will be in charge of operations.
McCrory wants to achieve promotion but says it's one step at a time.
He wants to "engage community and supporters".
McCrory states that he wants to "turn the club round and take it forward".
And here are the four men, led by McCrory.
1:54pm Mon 25 Feb 13
Can you ask the new board how they are going to finance the club?
I'm pretty sure finance will come up at some point...
The press conference is due to start right now. No sign of messrs McCrory, Murrall, Rice and Hooper yet.
Murrall is an operations expert with a background in the pharmaceutical industry, Rice is the sole shareholder in The Angel Hotel in Bourne, Lincolnshire and Hooper is a former professional footballer who has held the post of commercial manager at QPR and Brentford.
The group will provide the necessary funds to secure Town’s immediate future and prevent serious financial problems at the County Ground. Black, Russell Backhouse and Sir William Patey all stood down from the board of directors on Thursday, with Steve Murrall, Callum Rice and Gary Hooper replacing them. Chief executive Nick Watkins has been retained by the new owners.
Seebeck 87 Limited officially took over on Thursday. The Jed McCrory-backed company has acquired the majority shareholding in Town from Andrew Black, buying up 99 per cent of the total shares in the club.
So, just to recap...
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Huge media interest in this unveiling as the new regime prepares to show its hand. A palpable sense of excitement in the room.
Various media outlets are gradually assembling at the County Ground...
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