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Bradford could leave Valley Parade

Bradford City Football Club joint chairman Mark Lawn has said the Bantams ‘can’t stay’ at Valley Parade if the rent is not reduced.

The npower League Two side currently has 17 years remaining on a lease to the ground with the club paying £700,000 per year to the pension fund of former chairman Gordon Gibb, and Prudential Property Investment Managers.

"Hopefully they'll come to their senses, because if not - we can't stay here," Lawn told BBC Radio Leeds.

"We're not turning around and saying that we need to drastically reduce the rent. What we're saying is that we need to reduce the rent in this league.

"There's no investors coming into Bradford City, not while the overheads are where they are because it's killing us down at this level.

"I don't want to leave this ground, but I've got to make sure this club survive and some hard decisions have to be made."

City are attempting to negotiate with the ground’s landlords having originally sold the stadium to the pension fund of Gibb for around £2.5m in 2001 when the club was relegated form the Premier League and have since rented it back.

 

Scott Hobro

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