Press Release - November 2004

Further Negotiations with the MTFC Chairman

TEAM Mansfield statement regarding recent conjecture surrounding talks with Mansfield Town Chairman Keith Haslam

TEAM Mansfield can confirm that Jeff Barnes and Colin Dobell, the joint chairmen of TEAM Mansfield have held informal talks with Keith Haslam, the MTFC Club Chairman, in April and August this year about the possibility of TEAM Mansfield acquiring Mansfield Town Football Club. More recently, Mr. Haslam has asked TEAM Mansfield to document their proposal for his consideration and this is being prepared at the moment.

Jeff Barnes says ‘It should be stressed that negotiations are at a very early stage and no formal agreement exists. However, should such a proposal be accepted TEAM Mansfield will work towards a community ownership model of MTFC to embrace the ideals of the Government backed Supporter’s Trust movement.” He went on to say that TEAM Mansfield would draw up a detailed development plan for MTFC to include:-

  • Formation of a working Board with widespread representation.
  • Appointment of experienced and successful staff to manage the workings of the club, with particular emphasis on general administration, customer relations, marketing and sponsorship.
  • Review of all aspects of the playing side of the club.

TEAM Mansfield have stated that they will endeavour to keep their membership informed of developments during these delicate negotiations where commercial confidentiality allows.