Morecambe FC respond to sale claims

Graham Howse, Morecambe FC chairman

League One over-achievers Morecambe Football Club have offered a terse ‘no comment’ in response to speculation they are on the brink of a sale.

“The club is aware of an article released today by the Daily Mail regarding a potential sale. At this point, we are not in a position to comment as it would be inappropriate to do so. Should any sale be completed, we will share this with supporters at the right time.”

The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that 20-year old drinks entrepreneur from Birmingham, Sarbjot Johal, had attended a recent game and was close to buying the Lancashire club.

Johal founded Vitanic, a non-alcoholic drinks brand, and is based in Birmingham.

He shared a copy of The Mail article to his Instagram story.

Shrimps current owners are Jason Whittingham and Colin Goldring from Bond Group Investments Ltd, also owners of troubled rugby union club Worcester Warriors. They put the club up for sale in September 2022.

Club chairman Graham Howse said: “There has obviously been some debate of late on the matter of the club’s ownership following the official announcement that the club is up for sale. There is clearly a process to be followed here and it’s not something that happens overnight. Having been at the club for decades, I have seen possible suitors come and go so it’s important that any announcements are from a position of certainty, as with transfers, you only look ridiculous if news is released that then doesn’t materialise.”

Boxer Tyson Fury sponsors the club and owns the training pitches adjacent to the stadium that are used by the club. He has acknowledged he’s been offered the opportunity to invest, but is not thought to be in the running to do so.

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