Corney ready to sell Oldham

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Published: Tuesday 13th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Oldham owner Simon Corney is preparing to sell the club in the wake of the Ched Evans situation.

After spending 12 years at the helm of the Sky Bet League One club, Corney insists “enough is enough” and he is looking for a buyer.

Oldham hit the headlines last week over their aborted attempt to sign convicted rapist Evans.

The former Sheffield United striker, who was released from prison in October halfway through a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in 2011, looked poised to join the Latics but the club pulled the plug on the deal after a storm of opposition, including pressure from sponsors and reported death threats towards Oldham staff members.

Corney still believes it was right to try to sign Evans, but following the criticism his overall enthusiasm for the task at Boundary Park has waned.

He is looking for a buyer and hopes the redevelopment of the North Stand will help attract one.

“I’ve had enough and it’s no secret,” Corney told the Oldham Chronicle. “Where does it all end, in 15 or 20 years’ time?

“I’ve been here for 12 years and I just don’t have the same interest any more. I love the club and love the game but enough is enough.

“I would like to find a buyer. Hopefully it will be a lot more sellable with a new stand there. And I would want it to go to the right person.”

Commenting directly on the Evans deal, Corney said: ” I’m completely over it. It came and it went, that was it.

“I was over here (in New York) when it was all going on and it grew to be a lot bigger than I thought. But once the answer became a no, that was that.

“I still think the right thing would have been to take him, I really do. But in the end it wasn’t to be. We underestimated the attention and fury.”

Published: Tuesday 13th January 2015 by The News Editor

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