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What does potential Sale Sharks move mean for County?

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With the news that CEO Mick Hogan will depart Sale Sharks at the end of January it was announced that  Steve Diamond would take over as CEO and combine his new role with that of team affairs.

At a special Media Call held at Carrington on Tuesday 3rd January, co-owner Ian Blackhurst alongside  Diamond looked forward to the future and outlined the club's plans for the months and years to come.

Sale, who are fourth in the Premiership and face a trip to Leicester on Sunday, are also understood to be in negotiations with rugby league side Salford City Reds about a groundshare deal for the new 12,000-capacity stadium just off the M60 at Barton, which cost £26 million to build and is expected to be completed in February. Sale have been based at Edgeley Park in Stockport since 2003.

“What we will be doing in the new year with this club is promoting it to seize Manchester and take the North West,” said Diamond, who returned to Sale in February having played over 300 times for the club.

“We’ve got grand plans, we are embryonic in what we are doing but we are proving that will a bit of direction and enthusiasm and not a lot of money – because we are spending far less money than we have ever spent — we can go places.

“The owners are asking me ‘how do we create a super northern club?’ and I am saying, ‘let’s get the foundations in place for the next year or so.’”

'Negotiations about a future ground are ongoing, and there could be an announcement within four to six weeks. Regardless, the Sharks administration will be ba relocated to Carrington.'

"We own Edgeley Park - it's our ground. There's been a lot of speculation and coverage about the stadium near Barton Bridge - a fabulous facility - and we are in negotiations, but it has to be commercially right. The investment at Carrington in medical & training facilities for the players has proved worthwhile, and we propose to double the size of the building so that all the administration can be based here. Hopefully, this can be in place when the players return after the close season."

Surprisingly the possible move away from Stockport and the ground share with Blue Square strugglers Stockport County received no attention on the club's official website. But if the owners of Edgeley Park decide to play rugby elsewhere it must surely have an impact on the future of the football club whatever that might be.




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