CHRIS Ryan’s consortium remains on course to meet its Monday lunchtime deadline to complete a take-over of Weymouth Football Club.

The local financier has promised to pump enough cash into the club to help it break even this season and dipped his hand into his own pocket to pay staff at least part of their wages this week – they had not received a penny from the club for six weeks.

Advisor Steve Beasant, who has been helping Ryan complete his due diligence, said a full statement will be made on Monday.

“We are on course to fulfil our due diligence and will make a full statement on Monday on our decision, which is to carry on and take the club on,” said Beasant.

The former property developer, who has made no secret of the fact that he was made bankrupt in the past, addressed a packed public meeting at the Wessex Stadium on Sunday night, outlining Ryan’s plans for the club.

The board of directors agreed to take those plans forward as long as the legal conditions were met by noon this coming Monday.

A statement, made by the club’s board earlier this week, read: “The board of Weymouth Football Club have agreed to pursue the offer made by Chris Ryan and Steve Beasant, subject to certain conditions being met in order to safeguard the club’s future.”