Local football clubs 'the beating heart' of our communities - MPs react to news about Oldham Athletic looking for buyers.
Date published: 12 January 2022
Angela Rayner MP
Oldham MPs have reacted to news that Oldham Athletic's owner is looking to sell the club, supporting the decision.
Yesterday (Tuesday January 11), Abdallah Lemsagam announced he was looking for 'credible bidders' about the sale of Latics, after admitting his ownership has caused 'unrest'.
It follows anger within fan groups, about the direction and management of the club under Lemsagam's control.
Last month, a ban on three fans for criticisng the ownership was rescinded following protests.
The club currently sits at the bottom of Skybet League Two, and face becoming the first club to have played in the Premier League to be relegated to the National League.
Jim McMahon MP said, “It’s important we see the details of any future changes to ownership but it’s clear the current situation isn’t tenable nor in the interests of the club.”
“If a new owner emerges they must be held to a high bar and have a long term interest in the town, after so much turmoil it’s vital the club settled, wins back lost fans and rebuilds to strength.”
Meanwhile, reacting to the official club statement, Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, Droylesden and Failsworth said: “This will be welcome news for Latics fans.
“Along with fellow Oldham MPs Jim McMahon and Debbie Abrahams, I met with several fans groups and their frustration with the current ownership was clear to see.
“Local football clubs are the beating heart of our communities. They must engage with supporters and be transparent so fans don’t feel frozen out of their own club.
“We now wait to see who comes forward as Latics fight to avoid relegation from League Two. We must ensure the next owner has a real commitment to both the club and the town.
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