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
“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
“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
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
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
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.