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  • "Now this is more like it. In principle I'd massively support any takeover involving a 'wealthy Oxfordshire family' and Charlie Methven, who historically has consistently spoken a lot of sense on matters involving our club and team. Ashton sounds dodgy and you'd hope any club would be spared from that kind of stewardship. A lot of takeovers don't come anywhere near fruition though, and I'm happy with Lenegan. He's not going to splash any unncessary cash but it seems as though we are being run wisely. Ownership of the stadium and the associated rental costs and loss of income are going to constrict us forever so any takeover is only really worthwhile if they're going to buy the ground, otherwise they'll just face the same problems."
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OxVox: consortium led by Charlie Methven keen to invest in Oxford United

OxVox: consortium led by Charlie Methven keen to invest in Oxford United

OxVox: consortium led by Charlie Methven keen to invest in Oxford United

OxVox: consortium led by Charlie Methven keen to invest in Oxford United

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OxVox have revealed that a group of Oxfordshire businessman have come forward and expressed interest in investing in Oxford United.

The club’s supporters’ trust say they have had contact from Charlie Methven, who is part of the group which also contains ‘a wealthy Oxfordshire family’.

Methven has significant ties to the club, as trustee of their youth and community sports trust, while he has also been working in an advisory role for the U's board and last year played a key role in setting up supporters' group the Yellow Army.

The talks are described as "very recent and very preliminary", concerning their desire to invest in the U's how OxVox would be involved in the future.

It is understood there are two competing groups of investors, with Mark Ashton, a former chief executive of Watford and Wycombe Wanderers, linked to the other consortium.

The club have not made a comment on the uncertainty, with OxVox chairman Mark Sennett telling the Oxford Mail it was time for U's chairman Ian Lenagan to clarify the situation.

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