THE sale of the Northwich Vics ground to a four-man consortium is set to go through in the next few days.
The stadium and all nine acres of land will pass from Mike Connett to Vics owner Jim Rushe and three colleagues.
Mr Rushe said: “It is always difficult to say when a deal will go through, but contracts have been drawn up. We are almost there.”
For Vics it will mean the end of their association with Mr Connett, a controversial and unpopular figure. He rescued the club from the receivers in 2004, eventually completed the Victoria Stadium and celebrated Northwich winning the Conference North title three years ago.
But Vics would have folded less than a year ago had it not been for the intervention of football mad Manchester businessman Jim Rushe.
He bought the club and others are investing in the land, but Mr Connett is still the landlord until the deal goes through.
Mr Rushe said: “Buying the land will make Vics more secure and will mean straight away there will be extra revenue streams for the club.
“I am solely concerned with the football side of things. The other three want to develop the land and that will enable the stadium to be sold to the football club, but we are a few years away from that.”
Vics had debts of over £500,000 when Jim Rushe took over and he and others have been heavily subsidising the club since then.