Football League approval imminent

Last updated : 28 January 2004 By Dave Moore
Athletic are hoping that the Football League will approve the transfer of the club to the new officials in the next few days. The news will come as a boost to everyone associated with the club and will finally end 15 months of uncertainty which could have seen the end of Oldham Athletic AFC as a club.

The Football League will not be meeting until next month but it is thought that the process will be speeded up as Athletic officials have already been in contact with league members.

Alan Hardy said, “We are confident a decision will be forthcoming sooner rather than later. Our delay was caused by the league wanting certain points clarified, but that information has now been passed to them. The chairman and I have tried to move things on, and hopefully there’s no need to wait for the next league board meeting. It would be great to have everything in place – with the club moving forward and a new era underway – in time for Celebration Sunday on February 8.”

Technically still in administration until the court hearing, it is expected that the final step will be no more than a formality. The three man buy-out team will then take full control at Boundary Park and get on with the job of re-establishing the Latics as a football club with a future. It will also end the current transfer embargo and the club will be in a position to start signing new players, instead of having the administrators making all the financial decisions. Celebration Sunday with then really be a day to celebrate.