Ryan: Support is great

IMPRESSED: Chris Ryan

IMPRESSED: Chris Ryan

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PROSPECTIVE new owner Chris Ryan admits he has been overwhelmed by the level of support from the club’s fans.

The local financier has until midday on Monday to meet certain conditions laid out by the current board of directors after the bid made by his consortium was accepted three days ago.

Ryan is working hard to meet the legal requirements but is still awaiting access to certain financial files at the Wessex Stadium.

He said: “We’re still trying to obtain all the club’s finance reports. Steve Beasant and I are working closely with the club’s staff to get to the bottom of things.

“As long as the directors give us the information we need in the time scale we expect then there shouldn’t be any problems with the takeover.”

Ryan added: “The amount of support we have been getting from the fans has been really encouraging. People seem to be really behind us and we’re keen to make it work.

“We recognise there are no quick fixes to solve the club’s problems but we will do all we can.”

Prior to last Monday’s acceptance of the Ryan group’s bid, sections of the Wessex Stadium faithful voiced concerns over where the money was coming from.

At an informal meeting on Sunday, advisor Steve Beasant was asked if the consortium’s unnamed investors had enough cash to back the club. He replied: “100 per cent.”

Ryan told Echosport: “We can’t request for anyone to put money across to the club right now due to the state of play, but we are talking to potential investors with a view to lining up funds.”

Ryan was in the stands as the Terras earned a goalless draw with much-fancied Woking on Tuesday night.

The Terras’ players had not been paid for six weeks prior to the game, but Ryan and his consortium appear to be rectifying the problem already.

He said: “Part of the players’ pay has been sanctioned and we’re hoping to satisfy the rest after the game with Dorchester on Saturday.”

Of Tuesday’s clash with the Cards, and the upcoming derby date with Dorchester, Ryan added: “It was a fantastic game and I thought the boys played extremely well – I was on the edge of my seat for the last 10 minutes or so.

“I’m now really looking forward to the Dorchester game. Our boys are firing on all cylinders right now and hopefully we’ll be able to show Dorchester a thing or two.”

Ryan, whose consortium plan to inject more than £150,000 into the cash-strapped club, will become chairman should his takeover deal be completed on Monday.

The owner of Apex CB Financial Planning Ltd hopes to see current directors Shaun Hennessy, Connor Kinsella and Liz Bell remain on the board with general manager Andy Cooke also being offered a director’s role.

Ryan may add to the boardroom with other new faces but former Cambridge United chairman George Rolls, whose bid for the club was turned down in favour of Ryan’s offer, is unlikely to join in any capacity.

Ryan said: “We tried to talk to him but we’ve not had any indication that he would be interested in joining us. We want to make sure we surround ourselves with people who are pro-Weymouth Football Club.”

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