‘Positive’ talks on takeover

Date published: Thursday, September 19, 2013

CHRIS Hamilton, owner of Oldham Rugby League Club (1997) Ltd, has confirmed that he has had ‘positive’ talks with Dr Marwan Koukash about his plans to buy the club.

Following a series of telephone talks they met on Tuesday night.

Said Chris: “The meeting was a positive one. We are still in the early stages, with a lot of work to be done, but we will continue with the process in terms of moving things forward.

“There isn’t much more I can say at the moment, but we will keep people informed.”

The wealthy horse racing magnate and owner of Salford Red Devils has said he will press ahead with plans to buy both Oldham RL Club and Oldham Athletic FC.

A key part of his ambitious plan, according to reports in the M.E.N., is to build a new stadium in Oldham to house both clubs as well as other sports such as basketball and netball.

He told the paper: “Why can’t I take charge of three clubs ? I know I can and I fully intend to. Owning three clubs can work and they can all prosper, it’s not a problem.

“The talks I had with Chris Hamilton on Tuesday night were extremely productive.

“We still have a lot to do, but I am very hopeful things will come off pretty soon.

“I would like to reach a deal with both clubs and then look at building what would be a sporting destination in Oldham with a new stadium.

“I know for a fact I can look after the interests of all three clubs and make them all a major force.”