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County won't be forced to leave Edgeley Park

Stockport County Football Club will be under no pressure to leave Edgeley Park from Sale Shark’s owner Brian Kennedy if they should be relegated from npower League Two.

County, who currently sit in the bottom two in League Two, rent the ground from Kennedy’s Cheshire Sports and County company.  Acting chairman Mary Gibbons stressed that the club would not need to leave Edgeley Park but would consider all options.

 Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, Gibbons said: "If we do drop into the Conference then we've been told Stockport County will only leave this ground if we want to.

"Brian Kennedy is happy for us to stay here as long as we like."

"We have spoken to Brian Kennedy on lots of occasions and he did us a great deal on the rent at the beginning of the season.

"The rent that they were talking about we couldn't afford to pay that and to be fair to Brian we re-negotiated it and he assured me personally we will be at Edgeley Park as long as we like.

"We would have a future at Edgeley Park but at the end of the day there are lots of overheads with a stadium this size."

Gibbons also said the club had received nothing in writing regarding a takeover after American businessman Mike Newton was linked with the club.

"We do get people approaching the football club with various offers and all we do is if anything serious that comes in we have a look at it and judge accordingly."

"Until we receive a little application or proposal then we obviously we don't take anything seriously until we've got something in writing and act on that according to the football club."


Scott Hobro

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