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Monday, 8 February 2016

Welcome to the mad house Clive Nates.

It’s the worst kept secret in Lincolnshire football and almost as long running as Crossroads but Lincoln City have now confirmed Clive Nates is on board as a director of the club and investment funds have now started to flow into the club.
The club have issued the following statement through chairman Bob Dorrian:-

"On behalf of myself and the Board, we are extremely happy to welcome Clive Nates to Lincoln City Football Club, both as an investor in the Club as well as a director in LCFC and Lincoln City Holdings, through his company Sportvest Capital LLP," said Mr Dorrian.

"It is a year since I started dialogue with Clive and his potential involvement in the Club. Happily, negotiations progressed well, culminating in today's announcement.

"Clive, like ourselves, is looking forward to helping us to achieve our goal of returning to the Football League as quickly as possible.

"In the meantime we shall look forward to seeing Clive at Sincil Bank in March, where perhaps some of you will have the opportunity to meet him. Welcome aboard Clive."

Mr Nates commented:-

"I am delighted that agreement has been reached. It has taken some time but the Club has had a number of issues to resolve and these have now been positively concluded.

"The funds introduced are relatively small in the context of teams at the top of the National League but they do provide stability for the Club and a fighting chance of achieving the success the fans desire.

"The Club still needs the ongoing support of fans and all other stakeholders, especially during difficult times, to ensure that Lincoln maintains a viable professional football club in the city.

"I am grateful for the support of Bob and the Board of Directors, of the Supporters' Trust and the vast majority of fans and hope that more exciting times lie ahead. I especially want to thank Kevin Cooke for all the hard work that has been necessary to conclude the deal."

That was a slightly cryptic comment from Mr Nates but I suppose you lose sight of the fact that football clubs, even those at our less than elevated level are relatively large businesses and there are bound to be issues to be resolved but from this blog, welcome Clive and may your involvement bring you pleasure and satisfaction.

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