Salford Red Devils speak out on reports of ‘stadium swap’ with Salford City
The Red Devils have confirmed they are involved in “positive talks” over a possible stadium swap with Salford City FC.
It emerged on Friday that CosCos, the joint venture owner of the AJ Bell stadium formed by Salford Council and Peel Holdings, was in talks to sell.
The deal would see Salford City FC move in to join the Sale Sharks, and the Red Devils have moved to Moor Land football team’s home ground, Kersal Peninsula Stadium.
Last night, the Red Devils management released a statement reassuring fans that they are looking for the “best possible result” for the club.
“We are currently actively engaged in positive discussions with all parties to the ‘stadium swap’ agreement, and we continue to strive for the best possible outcome for the Salford Red Devils,” the statement said. .
âThe other parties to these discussions are COSCOS (Salford City Council and Peel Holdings), Sale Sharks and Salford City Football Club.
âWe are open-minded to facilitate all aspects of the ongoing dialogue as long as the best interests of the Club are also taken into account throughout the process.
âFrom what we understand, there is still no finalized deal for the purchase of the AJ Bell stadium.
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âRegarding our announced move to Peninsula Stadium from Moor Lane, while we understand that positive progress has been made between Salford City Football Club and Salford City Council, we still have not performed due diligence on the stadium.
âConversations continue to develop at a steady pace, but the club recognizes the need for a thoughtful assessment of any alternative options to our rental at AJ Bell Stadium, which is still under contract until the end of 2023.
“We will be holding a fan forum on Thursday 4 e November to provide a further update on the circumstances as they currently stand and anticipate that there may be further updates to be provided by that date.
“Full details of the Fan Forum will be released in the coming week and we look forward to seeing as many fans in attendance as possible regarding what is an important process and topic in the history of the club.”
The Manchester Evening News reported in April this year that the Sharks had made a “serious” offer to buy the AJ Bell.
The move sparked controversy with Reds fans dismayed by the proposal.
The 12,000-capacity land next to the M60 in Barton is currently jointly owned by Salford Council and property and land giant Peel.
Salford City FC are currently in the lower half of Ligue 2 Football League. The promotion would certainly increase the need for land larger than their existing 5,000 capacity house.
Sale has been playing AJ Bell since 2012 and announced in 2018 that he would move if the owners didn’t sell.
In September last year, controversial plans to build a new stadium and sports village in Trafford for the Sharks were scrapped after the council said it would not support them following the a general outcry.
Proposals for the development of the Crossford Bridge playgrounds included an investment of around Â£ 100million before being scrapped.
The union team played at Heywood Road in Sale between 1905 and 2003, before moving to Edgeley Park, home of Stockport County, then to AJ Bell Stadium.
In a statement released Friday, the Salford council said: âWe are issuing this statement to inform people of the current situation. We understand that club fans want to be kept informed as this progresses.
âDiscussions are at an advanced stage and ongoing between the four parties on issues relating to AJ Bell Stadium and the Peninsula Stadium on Moor Lane.
“These discussions also follow normal legal procedures and due diligence which will require the formal approval of all parties.”
“It is important to note that we are expected to guarantee a future for the three clubs in the city. We are proud to have them based in the city and we must also consider the future of all sports clubs. from Salford.
âSubject to Salford FC and Sale Sharks buying the stadium from CosCos (the stadium company), they would both be based at AJ Bell Stadium, with the Salford Red Devils moving to the Peninsula Stadium on Moor Lane as part of a rental agreement with council, if any a decision is approved by council and members of the Red Devils of Salford.
âThere is still a lot of work to be done and we will say more as things move forward. We want to get to the point where all parties are satisfied that the desired results are achievable and formal approvals will then be sought.
âWe will update as soon as new information becomes available. “
The move would mean the Red Devils would return to a more central location in town.
Their old home before moving to AJ Bell was at Weste at The Willows Ground, which was demolished to make way for new homes.
In April, the Red Devils said they were considering making their own bid for AJ Bell.
Salford City FC were taken over in 2014 by former Manchester United players Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Phil and Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, who each owned ten percent of the club. David Beckham also acquired a ten percent share in 2109 – the year they were promoted to the Soccer League.