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Ex-England player trying to save crisis club Blackpool

Reported have emerged recently stating that former England player Paul Stewart is fronting a consortium trying to buy Blackpool from one of the worst owners in English football Owen Oyston.

Ex-Tangerines player Stewart confirmed to the news to The Gazette on Sunday and that those in the group ‘had previous experience of football takeovers’ but talks are very early.

Paul made over 200 appearances for Blackpool between 1981 and 1987, before he then went on to play for Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Sunderland, Stoke and Workington along with loan spells at Crystal Palace, Wolves and Burnley.

As a young adult he began his England career, rising up from the U21s team to the senior squad in four years. He was capped three times in the early 1990s for the side under Graham Taylor.

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The League One side have been up for sale for over a year and it is said to be losing about £2m a season, mainly due to supporters boycotting matches since 2016 as they try to get Oyston to pack up and sell.

Speaking to The Gazette, Stewart said: “I’m not going to deny I’m involved.

“This has gone on for a few weeks after meeting with the guys to establish who they are and if they are experienced in this sort of thing, which they are.

“I understand they came to me because they know about my connection to the town. I’ve lived here for 35 years and I have a strong connection to the place.

“I’ve obviously got an affiliation for the club too despite not going to games for a while due to the situation.

“If I can help make a change in anyway then I would love to be involved with that.

“My concern is how long it is until the club goes into administration, which is surely not appealing to anyone. Hopefully we can get around the table and stop that from happening.”

He also added that he doesn’t want to speak to Owen Oyston about the deal as well as hoping that the Blackpool Supporters Trust can get behind his plans.

Yesterday it was said by a spokesperson for Valeri Belokon – who is still owed £25million by Oyston – that there has been “several contacts” but insists he is not currently considering any offers.

 

Blackpool fans and other football supporters have given their reaction as well as their backing to their former player Paul Stewart fronting a consortium to try and buy their club from Owen Oyston – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.

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