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Administrators give Stockport January deadline

The administrators handling the affairs of Stockport County have said that they have set a target of “mid-January” for a sale of the club to the buyout consortium led by former Manchester City player Jim Melrose.

The club has been in administration since April 30 and talks with prospective buyers appeared to have stalled. However, Bury-based insolvency firm Leonard Curtis said that it held a meeting with the consortium on Monday, and that subsequent discussions the consortium held with the Football League and Edgeley Park's owner, Cheshire Sports, were “extremely positive”.

“The Football League are currently considering the consortium's business plan for the club and Cheshire Sports are finalising documentation relating to future occupancy,” the administrators said. “The Football League's approval is required for any sale and we understand that formal consideration will be given at a meeting early in January.”

Adaministrators also met with Stockport County's supporters' representatives David Schofield and Greg Hall following a demonstration march from the town to Leonard Curtis's Manchester offices yesterday. A further meeting between the two sides has been arranged to take place between Christmas and the New Year when administrators have promised to answer queries.

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