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Potential takeover twist for Scunthorpe as Ilkeston chairman posts revealing statement

A surprise potential takeover twist for Scunthorpe as now former Ilkeston chairman David Hilton posts a revealing statement.

Hilton and Andrew Nally, a business partner, have been linked to a Scunny takeover, according to Grimsby Live and also backed up by fan site Iron Bru.

Hilton is said to have been Glanford Park this week leading negotiations for a deal that is close.

The duo have been in discussions with Peter Swann, the current Iron owner, about a purchase of the club.

These talks have grown stronger in the last few days after HMRC recently handed the club a winding-up order for an unpaid tax bill, leaving them with quite the uncertain future.

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Statement from Ilkeston chairman, David Hilton

”It is with deep sadness I have to resign my position as the Club Chairman with immediate effect.

“An opportunity has arisen for me to help navigate another club away from an unthinkable fate and hopefully assist them in getting back to where they belong.

“My time at Ilkeston has been an unbelievable one. I’ve met some wonderful people over the past few years and sadly lost a few along the way. The memories of it all will remain with me forever.

“I’m completely comfortable leaving the club in the condition that it is now in. I’ve delivered on all of my promises and finally you have a club that can sustain at a good level without the risk of losing it.

“The facilities are something we should all be extremely proud of. The playing squad and coaches are undoubtedly one of the strongest at step three. More importantly, they are all great people too and will certainly be trying their very best to deliver success.

”I have many people to thank at the club which include my business partner and friend Andrew Nally who you all know. Andrew will now step up and be solely responsible for the running of the club.

“I would like to thank all of the players and management with whom I have been involved, and Mark Frost in particular, as everything we have achieved would not have been possible without him. Mike and Kelly Pike have also played a key part and they always have the best interests of the club at heart. There are many more I owe so much gratitude to and they all know who they are.

“This is certainly not the last you will see of me, I will follow the club with the same passion and interest I’ve always had since 2019 when I first invested, albeit frequently from afar. I want the club to continue being successful, every last one of you deserve nothing short of that and I am sure with Andrew, and so many other good people at the club, this will be delivered sometime soon.

“Carry on supporting the club as you always have. The support you have shown not just to the club but to me personally has been truly remarkable and I’d like to say a massive thank you to you all, this includes all the hard working volunteers who do so purely out of love. Apart from myself leaving, the club is completely unaffected and will continue to be driven forward and grow, with the juniors’ continued expansion being the key to that. Inevitably it will be your backing that makes anything possible. I am only sorry and saddened that I now have to step away from your journey.

“I send well wishes to you all and good luck for the future.”

David Hilton

This is what fans are saying to a potential takeover twist for Scunthorpe as the Ilkeston chairman posts a revealing statement…

@happyangler123: Heading to @SUFCOfficial by any chance ?

@ilsonsteve: Gutted to see you go @DavidHilton77 but big thank you for all you have done for our club, all the best with your new venture

@nonleaguevol: Good luck wherever you’re heading @DavidHilton77 The things you’ve done for Ilkeston Town (including free entry, helping supporters etc) won’t be forgotten 👏

@neilvparkinson: Thank you @DavidHilton77 for everything at Ilkeston. Good luck in your new venture

@Gandiman9: I’d just like to say how happy I am that Dave is saving my former club. A great Chairman who interacts and will deliver on any promises. Is all I will say is anyone involved need to be prepared to work hard because he will insist on it. The perfect man for a great club 💪

@RikkiSmith93: Good for them. Hope everything gets sorted 👏

@stephen_dimmock: If this gets done it would be brilliant news

@Christi47263560: Really hope @SUFCOfficial an the fans get this resolved asap!! It isn’t a very nice place to be we’re with you all #sufcfans. 💯🙏🏻

@FarThrumShay: Off to launch the lifeboat to assist stricken @SUFCOfficial , it seems…

@kizclarkk: Sounding promising🤞

@notsobigearl79: Pre season friendly would be nice #UTI

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