News & Star column 13.02.20

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Only “damned awkward mechanics” are preventing EWM from becoming more involved in the running of the Blues.

That was revealed by co-owner John Nixon when he gave an update on the succession of ownership issue at a Fans Forum last week.

Billionaire Philip Day’s company has been helping the Blues financially and Nixon said it was the club’s hope and belief that they can turn it into a “much more lasting relationship”.

He said:  “We have people in the club now who they are aware of. People like David Holdsworth (Director of Football) and the EWM financial controller who is on our board.

“So gradually they are taking the next step which is not just lending us money but lending us support.

“The next step which we all hope will happen is they will take a share and a chunk of the club and move things forward. That’s our aim and I’m sure it’s on their radar. We have to make that happen.

 “We all have the same aim and I think we are going to get there but it is a process that will take time.”

Nixon explained that since Bury’s demise in the summer the EFL make things much more difficult to move forward if you don’t provide evidence of “source and sufficiency” of funds.

 He added: “Very clearly EWM have that source and sufficiency. We have to get all that linked together. The Trust and supporters groups are behind that so that is good.

“There’s nothing really other than having to go through “damned awkward mechanics” to get something to happen. If it doesn’t happen, I can only assure you we are trying.”

CUOSC are continually trying to find a way forward regarding succession of ownership. We believe EWM, who have their head office in Carlisle, see United as an important part of the community.

It was disappointing to see United’s five game unbeaten run come to an end against Cheltenham in midweek. There was no shortage of endeavour but that killer instinct in the opposition penalty area was missing once again.

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