RED DEVILS IN STADIUM MOVE

The proposed sale of English football club Crawley Town will hinge on the potential buyer's plans to fund a new all-seater stadium.

The League 1 outfit have already held discussions with the council – who own their current home, Broadfield Stadium – about identifying a suitable site to build a ground which would be up to Championship standards.

Crawley’s current board announced they were looking to find new owners for the club on Saturday due to the fact they did not have the financial resources to help the Red Devils make the step to the next level.

Co-owner Susan Carter, speaking from Florida, said: “We are in no rush but you have to think ahead. You can’t just get into the Play-Offs and then think 'oh, we’re not ready to go up'. You have got to be big enough to assess whether you are willing and able to support Championship level football and if not then you’ve got to do what you need to do.

“We have got to get the infrastructure in place before we get into the Championship otherwise it is like having the cart before the horse. We have had tentative talks with our landlords about a new stadium if we go up to the Championship and all those things need investment to a level which we don’t think we can give it.

“We don’t want the club to suffer by not being able to take advantage of those opportunities when they present themselves as they don’t come along very often. The club is doing really well and has a bright future and we want to make sure it has the best possible chance of fulfilling its potential

“For us to be able to push on whoever comes in [to buy the club] has got to be somebody with reasonable resources behind them, to fund it to that degree."

Posted on 26/03/2013