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Consortium calls off buyout bid

AN overseas group looking to invest in Chester City has officially ended its interest in the club.

AN overseas group looking to invest in Chester City has officially ended its interest in the club.

David Jones, who was heading up a four-man consortium of German businessmen, feels his efforts to buy the Blues were “never taken seriously” by club owner Stephen Vaughan.

In a statement sent to The Chronicle on behalf of Jones and his player agency, Worldwide Sports Management, the 40-year-old said: “I have sent an email to Bob Gray at Chester informing both he and Steve Vaughan that Worldwide Sports have decided to withdraw their bid to purchase the club.

“I personally have been disappointed that I’ve left continued messages for both of them with no response at all in the last week. I feel that our bid was never taken seriously by the club, yet feel that we had both the finances and the business expertise to do what was needed to make the club more successful.”

Worldwide Sports got in contact with Vaughan after the Chester owner put the club up for sale last month. They claimed to have lodged an official bid last week, although this was strenuously denied by Vaughan himself.

Jones, a football coach and entrepreneur originally from Ellesmere Port but now living in Germany, played in Chester’s reserve team in the late 1980s before moving to America to coach youngsters.

While Jones has officially ended his interest in Chester, one man who continues to be linked with a takeover move is outspoken businessman John Batchelor.

The 49-year-old former York City owner withstood muted jeers and chants from Blues fans when he turned up in the directors’ box for Saturday’s home game against Notts County.

Vaughan has insisted he does not want to do business with Batchelor, who controversially plans to change City’s name and totally re-brand the club if he gets his hands on it.

When told he needed approval from the Cheshire FA and the FA, he said: “Whichever tea-boys want to have a vote on it, we’ll take them on.”

Fundraising walk

BLUES fans are being invited to take part in a fundraising walk before the Boxing Day game against Accrington Stanley.

Funds for the club’s football in the community programme will be collected by supporters on a walk from Chester Town Hall to the Deva Stadium.

The walk begins at 1pm and those expected to take part include City owner Stephen Vaughan, plus any players who are not involved in the afternoon’s game.

The idea came about at a meeting held by supporters earlier this month to discuss ways of helping the club. Organisers hope the council will give those involved permission to carry collection buckets through the city centre – but if they don’t, they will collect money from fans once they get to the ground.

For further information on the walk, contact Andrew Cummins 07944 379825.

Christmas raffle

THE Blues will be staging a Christmas raffle for their Boxing Day home match against Accrington Stanley.

Tickets will be on sale outside the ground before the match, as well as from the club shop on Watergate Street.

Top prize is a drill and socket set and Thomas Cook vouchers.

 

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