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D-Day for National Football Musuem

The future of the National Football Museum is set to be announced today as to whether to move the attraction from Preston to Manchester.

Trustees will consider a report drawn up by consultants at PKF today, which appears to favour the Manchester bid.

“On balance, we believe that the Manchester option is likely to provide the largest quantum of both revenue and capital funding, together with the longest fixed funding period (10 years),” the report says.

"The Manchester option also maintains the independence of NFM, enabling it to determine its own strategy in the long term.”

It has also emerged that chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein has pledged that Manchester City Council will underwrite the £8m cost of housing the National Football Museum at Urbis.

His promise was made in a letter dated October 26 to Paul Dermody, chair of the museum's trustees.  Sir Howard told him that the council wanted to outline its backing for the move, saying the trustees had “our commitment to underwriting the full capital funding required. We hope this clarity will assist the Trustees in coming to a robust and informed decision at the earliest opportunity.”

The council suggests closing the Preston museum after the World Cup next August and reopening it in Manchester the following summer.

A decision on the proposed move is expected to be taken today at a meeting of National Football Museum trustees.

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