WREXHAM yesterday won the backing of the Football League for their plans to exit administration before the new season gets under way in August.
Representatives of the 72 member clubs meeting in Portugal voted unanimously to grant the Racecourse club special dispensation to conclude takeover proposals beyond the 18-month administration rule which expired on June 3.
Joint administrators David Acland and Steve Williams, who attended the Portugal get-together on behalf of Wrexham, issued a statement which said:
"Due to the Company Voluntary Arrangement being agreed by creditors and shareholders within the time-frame, the Football League board proposed that it was in the interests of Wrexham and the league that we be given an extension to sort out a few minor technicalities.
"The original ruling of 18 months remains in place but because a CVA has been agreed and takeover talks are at an advanced stage the Football League has allowed the club special dispensation to conclude their exit from administration."
Williams added: "The next stage is for the Dickens consortium and their advisors to sit down with the Football League and other sports bodies to present their plans for the club going forward and to hopefully obtain their agreement to the transfer of the 'football' shares to them.."
The Football League decision came less than 24 hours after Wrexham county council approved plans for a partial
redevelopment of the Racecourse stadium site, to include a mix of residential and commercial properties, the proceeds of which will be used to pay off the club's debts.
Wrexham manager Denis Smith said: "I never had any real doubts about the Football League giving us the extension and I have been working since the end of last season on that assumption.
"The planning consent is also good news because it means the club should be able to put itself on a sound financial footing and will enable the new owners to push ahead with their plans to secure a viable future."
The annual meeting of the Wrexham Supporters' Trust takes place at the Miners Institute, Wrexham, tomorrow night at 7.30pm. Non-members are welcome.