Shareholder drops threat to take the FA to court
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins wants to draw a line under the club's long running ground grading saga after major shareholder Michael Chinn yesterday ended his threat of legal action.
King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins wants to draw a line under the club's long running ground grading saga after major shareholder Michael Chinn yesterday ended his threat of legal action.
Chinn recently pledged to fight the FA in the High Court following the club's failed appeal to overturn their demotion from Blue Square North last season after failing to initiate a �250,000 upgrade on their council owned ground.
The Boston-based businessman has now decided against funding a lengthy court case in his personal bid to seek compensation from the footballing authorities.
"Michael's decision to go through the courts initially didn't alter the fact that mentally and physically as a club we'd started proceeding for life in the Unibond Premier," said Bobbins. "I must stress that this whole action to launch a legal challenge in the first place was Michael acting independently. Clearly he had the support of the rest of the board but only Michael can tell you the reasons why he has not decided to proceed - whether or not that is to do with financial considerations or the time it would take to get a resolution on this matter I don't really know.
"I think most people would agree that the tremendous work Carl (Heggs) and Andy (Johnson) have done in terms of attracting both the number and quality of player they have to the club in this period certainly hasn't been affected at all."
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Bobbins confirmed planned rebuilding work to The Walks and attempts to attract fresh income are also continuing ahead of the Unibond Premier kick-off on August 15.
"We've met the council in the last few days and they have assured us the upgrade to the floodlights will be in place prior to the start of the season," said Bobbins (pictured). "We're extremely positive that is going to be the case. We've also had a very good response again to the shirt sponsorship ballot and that has been very encouraging. In terms of other sponsorship as you can probably imagine it is a very, very difficult time now. With the credit crunch and the economic downturn no football club can expect to have money thrown at it."