Day and Farnborough play the waiting gameBy Jon Couch
December 06, 2012
SPENCER DAY has admitted the possible takeover of Farnborough FC is out of the club’s hands as it awaits the resolution of a business deal which could ultimately decide its fate.
The Blue Square South club is now in talks with just one interested party after negotiations with a second consortium all but fell through this week.
Reluctant owner Day has told the News & Mail that an unidentified business group has expressed an interest in buying the club – but only if they can tie down another business deal to take ownership of a local manufacturing firm.
The mystery bidder has also indicated that any deal would involve Day staying on as first-team manager and a serious offer being made to Aldershot Town for much-vaunted striker Reece Connolly.
This is all likely to happen before December 12 when on-loan Connolly must return to his parent club, with big-spending Eastleigh ready to step in with a £12,000 bid to lure him to the Silverlake Stadium.
Day explained: “As it stands any purchase is beyond the football club’s control because the takeover is dependent on the business people involved acquiring another business locally, which is perfectly understandable in my eyes.
“They are up-front people, honest, and we know they have the money. They want a local project to supplement their business in Farnborough and it’s great that they see this football club for what it is, an excellent opportunity for someone.
“We are trying to be transparent and it hasn’t really helped us thus far with deals falling through, so I won’t say too much, only that I will sit down with my board of directors this weekend and discuss the way forward, while waiting to hear of any developments.”
As for his own future, Day added: “Both of the parties interested last week said they would continue with me as manager of this football club.
“I do not want to leave Farnborough. Yes, I am ambitious and feel I could get another job at this level or higher, but personally I’d love the chance to work with a competitive budget to try and push this club further forward.”
With scheduled opponents Chelmsford on FA Cup duty, Day could have allowed his first-team squad a rare Saturday off, but still hurting from the 7-0 FA Trophy drubbing by Woking, many were on reserve-team duty – ironically against Woking – where they rallied to a 4-0 win.
And they were back on Tuesday night also when a near-full first team was selected to take on Godalming Town in a friendly match to prepare them for the league trip to Bromley this Saturday.
Goals from Dean Inman and a Nic Ciardini penalty saw Boro through to a comfortable 2-0 win although Connolly had a penalty saved by ex-Boro keeper Jake Somerville.
The main positives for Day were the performances of right-back triallist Curtley Williams – a former Ipswich Town Academy captain – and Medi Abalimba who is pushing hard for a starting place at Bromley.
On a sour note, striker Elvis Hammond injured his foot on the boggy surface and is rated doubtful for Saturday.
“It was a very difficult game on a treacherous pitch but it was a good workout for the lads ahead of what promises to be a very tough game,” Day said.