Jan 6 2014 by Nick Hilton, Main WIR
THE Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust intend to press on with their attempts to win control at Prenton Park after reaching the end of the fund raising phase of their campaign.
The Trust collected £172,000 from supporters when they reached the New Year’s Day deadline for donations.
The figure is well short of the £500,000 target set by the trust in October, when chairman Peter Johnson disclosed the takeover talks were under way with several interested parties, including the Trust.
The Trust said in a statement they intend to hold further discussions with Peter Johnson and will update fans in due course.
None of the other parties in takeover talks have revealed their identities or intentions.
The latest name to be linked to Tranmere is Michael Wilde, a 61-year-old former pupil of Wirral Grammar School, who had two spells as chairman at Southampton, the last of them in 2009. Wilde’s business career is based around property development and housebuilding.
Other names linked to the Tranmere sale include Dr Marwan Koukash, the Jordanian born owner of the Salford Reds rugby league team, Chicago-based sports management group Club 9 Sports, who held unsuccessful talks about a Tranmere takeover in 2011 and the club’s current sports shirt sponsors Home Bargains, the Merseyside-raised retail group.