Doncaster Rovers: Takeover plot thickens as statement fails to deter Sequentia

Theo Robinson hobbled off at Hillsborough with a groin complaint but is expected to be fit for tonight.
Theo Robinson hobbled off at Hillsborough with a groin complaint but is expected to be fit for tonight.
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Sequentia Capital say they have not closed the door on a potential takeover of Doncaster Rovers.

The Irish-led consortium’s frontman Kevin Phelan has told the Star he remains confident a deal can still be reached with the club.

That is despite Rovers releasing a statement yesterday saying the club will remain in the hands of the current owners - John Ryan, Dick Watson and Terry Bramall.

The latest twist in the takeover saga has rather overshadowed tonight’s home clash with high-flying Burnley as Paul Dickov’s side aim to build on Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby success at Sheffield Wednesday.

In response, Phelan told the Star: “We’re not going anywhere. We see this statement as a positive because until now we’ve had no communication with the club.

“We’re not that easily put off.”

Rovers’ statement read: “Each proposal in its current format has been explored thoroughly and the owners have come to the conclusion that it is in Doncaster Rovers’ best interest to remain in the hands of the current investors.

“We [the owners] are part way through a project with Doncaster Rovers that we all feel passionate about.

“Our aims are to bring the club closer to the local community and to bring economic growth to the area through our activity whilst continually improving our playing performance on the pitch.

“We believe that there is so much that we can still help the club to achieve.

“Last season saw Doncaster Rovers promoted to the Championship and saw us forge strong relationships with our fans.

“We want to deliver the best possible Doncaster Rovers for our fans, not just for the next season but for the future.”

Talks with Sequentia stalled after a heads of terms agreement was signed by both parties in June.

A rival consortium to Sequentia - brought to the table by Bramall - pulled out of a takeover deal last month due to the costs involved.

Meanwhile, Reece Wabara trained yesterday and should be fit for tonight.

Theo Robinson is also expected to be fit despite hobbling off at Hillsborough with a groin complaint.