WREXHAM'S new managing director John Reames mounted a robust defence of owner Alex Hamilton at last night's fans forum - but was unable to give concerned supporters a definitive answer to their questions about the future of the Racecourse.
Speaking to a packed audience at the Centenary Club, Reames - flanked by directors Bill Wingrove, Dave Griffiths, Dave Bennett and manager Denis Smith - insisted Hamilton's preferred option was to redevelop the current Race-course site by turning the pitch 90° and selling off part of the land for commercial use.
But Reames could not rule out the possibility of the current ground being sold and the club relocated to an alternative site - something supporters are fiercely opposed to.
Reames also revealed the club's current debts stand at £2m and that Hamilton had been the real owner of the club during previous chairmen Mark Guterman's two-year reign - a fact the recently departed Guterman disputes.
Asked what Hamilton's motives for buying Wrexham were, Reames said: "Alex Hamilton is not a football man. He is a property developer. He wants to develop the land around the Racecourse to the benefit of the football club.
"Without Alex Hamilton there would be no football club.
"The club has debts of £2m. Alex Hamilton has put in £1m. If he hadn't, we would not be playing football here. He is an honest man."
Reames, who did most of the speaking all night, with occasional contributions from Smith and Wingrove, added that Hamilton would stand to make a profit from the possible redevelopment of the Racecourse, but added that he has promised to leave the club debt free.
Many fans suspect Hamilton wants to sell up the Racecourse, situated on prime land at the gateway to the town, and relocate to a purpose built stadium similar to that of neighbours Chester.
But Reames was unable to rule this possibility out, saying he would report to the board by the end of August, and put his findings into a review into the best ways to take the club forward.
"I can't guarantee we are going to stay here," said the ex-Lincoln chairman. "But the preferred option of Hamilton is to redevelop the current site and remain at the Racecourse.
"If that's impossible, there are one of two options - do we continue with the club or not?"
Reames added that Hamilton and Wingrove were due to meet with Wrexham Council this morning, to discuss matters regarding the development of the Racecourse, adding that the council had so far been "supportive" in dialogue between the two parties.
But Hamilton's absence didn't go down very well with many fans.
One, Steve Davies, of Rhostyllen, said: "I have to wonder what the hell is happening. We are f ew i n number but we are as passionate as any fans.
"If the man (Hamilton) isn't here, you can understand why we get het up."
Reames responded: "If he was here, he wouldn't be able to give you any better answers."
While the panel was unable to give fans definitive answers as to the future of the Racecourse, Reames did at least say a sale of Colliers Park at Gresford and Lex's Stansty Park, which Wrexham owns, was unlikely, despite the club having received two offers for the former and three for the latter.
"We don't want to sell off the club's crown jewels," said Reames.
Other issues covered in the two-hour meeting included the new regime's promise to allow a supporter on board if a group of fans could raise £50,000.
Reames said he intends to look at ways of increasing non-footballing income, which includes an overhaul of the club's lottery.
He added that there would be an end to the "cloak and dagger" way the club was run, urging fans to trust the new board.
Meanwhile, one of the biggest cheers of the night came when Smith revealed centre-back Dennis Lawrence was on the verge of re-signing for the club.
The out-of-contract Trinidadian is on international duty but Smith has come to an agreement with the player's agent.
The Wrexham boss also said he was "99% certain" midfielder Jim Whitley will sign his deal, while talks with wing-back Paul Edwards are "promising."