ACCRINGTON Stanley’s chief executive has hinted for the first time the club may be willing to strike a deal with millionaire Ilyas Khan as they bid to save the club’s future.
Mr Khan, who has a 17 per cent share holding in the club, is offering to match any amount put in by owner Dave O'Neill and the Stanley directors and without any conditions previously demanded. Now CEO Rob Heys hopes a deal might be struck which will help bolster the Save Our Stanley fundraising campaign.
He said: "We will sit down with the directors and speak about this. I know it does seem like there are some factions at the moment with Ilyas and Dave but everyone has the best interests of the club at heart and it is something we will discuss as everyone needs to pull together.
"When the news first broke £308,000 seemed a lot of money and I did wonder if we could raise half of this and the taxman would be happy with that.
After the news was revealed last week that the club needed to raise the money to pay an outstanding bill in eight weeks, it was feared Stanley could fold.
But with £50,000 already raised Mr Heys say the club remains confident they will reach their total.
He said: "But we have been impressed with the way everyone has rallied round. The Burnley fundraising game raised around £30,000, there have been two donations of £5,000 and the bucket collections.
" Now we have got the initial push we have got to keep the momentum going.
"We are continually in talks with the tax man and he doesn't want us to go out of business as it is not in his interest."