Football pie supplier Holland’s Pies have allegedly suspended managing director Neil Court Johnstone from the Baxenden based bakery, according to reports.
It’s understood that Court-Johnstone, who has not been seen at the factory site for over a week, has been suspended after claims emerged that he has been discussing a buyout of Holland’s from parent company Northern Foods, will potential investors.
Robin Walker, Northern Foods' managing director of convenience foods, has taken charge of Holland's for the time being.
Andrew Hanson, spokesman for Northern Foods said: “We wouldn't comment on matters relating to individual employees.
“Holland's continues to operate as normal and, having been around for 160 years, the business is a team rather than about individual employees.”
Court-Johnstone took up the position of managing director in 2008 and has been credited with increasing sales and turning the fortunes of the pies and pudding manufacturer around.