WREXHAM manager Denis Smith is keeping an open mind about the club's future prospects, despite having what he described as a "positive" meeting this week with would-be owner Andy Smith.
The Surrey-based businessman is currently thrashing out the details of a multi-million buy-out of the League One club from Alex Hamilton and has also started to communicate directly with on-line Dragons' fans by means of a website dedicated to the Racecourse club.
Yesterday Smith, who heads property development firm United Plot-owners Association, used the website's message board to tell supporters he was aware of their frustration that his proposed takeover had not yet been finalised.
"I appreciate your feelings are running high and I also appreciate your concerns about how long this is taking," he wrote.
"I was in Wrexham yesterday (Wednesday) with my team and tied up many of the loose ends and I am in London today at meetings with my funders along with lawyers.
"This is not an easy task as I am sure you are all aware. However I believe in Wrexham AFC and believe it can go forward as a long-term operation on its existing site.
"I am working with my team to complete this as soon as possible.
"I know how this dragging on is not good for the supporters and, more importantly, the club. I had a good meeting with Denis Smith on Tuesday evening and he is assured of our intentions.
"I will post again on Friday to let you know the state of play."
Confirming their meeting, the Racecourse boss yesterday said Smith was optimistic but added: "There's nothing I can say really until someone does a deal to buy the club.
"What was discussed was very positive but Mr Smith does not own the club. If and as soon as he does own the club we'll take it from there.
"I felt he was very positive, he seemed to think the deal would go ahead and I hope he is right.
"But as with players and their contracts, until it's signed, sealed and delivered nothing can be done.
"I have not spoken to Mr Hamilton so I don't know what his thoughts are and we are only hearing one side of things at the moment."
Anxious as the Dragons' boss is for the ownership issue to be decided, the immediate priority is to prepare his team for tomorrow's trip to League One promotion hopefuls Hartlepool United who battered Wrexham 5-1 when the sides met at the Racecourse in December.
He is waiting for an update this morning on Trinidadian international Carlos Edwards, who missed training yesterday due to a stomach upset.
The Dragons will be without the suspended Craig Morgan, but the squad will otherwise be unchanged from that which drew 0-0 with Milton Keynes Dons last weekend.