Swindon announce consortium sale

Norwich boss Chris Hughton hailed Spurs star Gareth Bale after

his superb goal in the 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

Bale equalised after a magnificent solo run from inside his own

half. But Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey came under fire from Spurs

boss Andre Villas-Boas for his attempted tackle on Bale early in

his run.

“Had the boy got on to Gareth’s ankle it’s an injury that takes

him out for six months,” the Portuguese said.

Hughton was not happy with Villas-Boas’ comments, saying: “I’m

surprised by that.

“The way that Bale went past him there didn’t seem too much

wrong with Gareth Bale to me. I don’t think anybody got near

him.

“We could pick holes in where the play started, could we have

stopped it at the source? And arguably we could’ve done.

“Occasionally you have to hold your hand up and just say it’s a

great goal by a top-class player.”

The Robins were recently placed under a transfer embargo and

there was speculation that the npower League One club could fall

into administration.

However, the club have now reached agreement on a takeover which

should safeguard their future. No details of the consortium itself

were released, though reports suggest it is led by Banbury owner

Jed McCrory.

A statement on swindontownfc.co.uk read: “Completion of the sale

is dependent upon approval from the Football League, which we hope

to obtain in the next few days.

“Upon completion, most of the club’s existing debt will be

written off, the threat of administration will be avoided and Paolo

Di Canio and the squad will be able to concentrate on football and

the challenge of making Swindon a Championship club next

season.”

Chairman Sir William Patey added: “This is an important day for

the club, with the current owners writing off most of their debts

and the new consortium’s funding, the club has a strong financial

base to continue the battle for Championship football.”

Swindon sold star winger Matt Ritchie to League One rivals

Bournemouth on Wednesday night for a fee believed to be in the

region of ?400,000.