BLUES fans have grilled Morell Maison over the direction the crisis-hit club will be taking under his stewardship.
Maison, Chester’s new director of football, met three members of the City Fans United (CFU) board on Friday afternoon for a question-and-answer session.
The CFU had invited supporters to email in their questions for Maison and he was quizzed on a variety of issues, most of which related to the ownership and possible sale of the Blues.
Maison, whose disastrous spell as manager and owner of Halesowen Town saw the non-league club enter administration, was joined by property developer Gary Metcalf – an associate of the Vaughan family who currently own City – for the meeting.
Maison clarified that his appointment as director of football was made by the Vaughan family and that Eric Whalley – the former Accrington Stanley chairman – no longer held the position.
It was revealed that Metcalf and Maison are currently “attempting to broker an exit strategy for the Vaughan family” but the CFU were unable to ascertain their valuation of the stricken club.
The CFU asked how much debt the new company – formed once the old company had entered administration – had generated in six months.
Metcalf, unable to give an exact figure, replied: “Creditors have been identified and are currently being managed. Any investors will be made fully aware of the current levels of debt.”
When asked whether Chester’s books were fully open for due diligence, the CFU were informed that “a form of due diligence” had been carried out last year and the findings published on the club’s official website in September.
Maison confirmed that the player academy he runs will have “formal links” with Chester “but only players deemed good enough” will play for them.
He said his primary objective was “to source the funds to clear outstanding wages to the club’s players” and revealed that he is in talks with two groups interested in buying the club.
One is a consortium led by Chester-based sports lawyer Steve Harvey, son of recently departed Blues manager Jim. The identity of the other group is unknown.
The CFU say they want to meet both parties “as a matter of urgency” to confirm they are genuine.
City Fans United was formed earlier this season and now boasts 500 members. Its main objective is safeguard the future of professional football in Chester.
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