THE POTENTIAL takeover of Chester City Football Club took another twist last night, when former club director and chief executive Dan Brooks announced that he was no longer interested in buying the troubled Nationwide Conference club.
The 42-year-old Canadian-born businessman and his associates revealed their interest in purchasing the Deva Stadium outfit last week. But last night Mr Brooks pulled out of the race.
He said: "My partners and myself have had further discussions, and decided that we will devote our energies to developing our existing business interests, and as such we will not be pursuing our initial interest in taking over Chester City Football Club."
Brooks' withdrawal means that Merseyside business man Phil Davis and former chairman Mark Guterman appear to be the front runners in the race to buy the club.
Both men have revealed their interest in purchasing City recently, with Davis continually making representations to the Smith family, who own the club's majority shareholding.
Meanwhile, the ongoing investigation by the Inland Revenue Compliance Unit into Chester City's tax affairs continued yesterday when former player Gary Bennett was interviewed by tax officials.
The former Wrexham, Tranmere Rovers and Chester City striker said: "I was interviewed by two tax investigators for nearly two hours. Obviously I can't go into details, but the interview was very thorough, and I was asked if I would help the investigators further, which obviously I will."
A number of other former Deva Stadium employees have also been interviewed in the past few weeks.