Oxford MailOxVox: consortium led by Charlie Methven keen to invest in Oxford United (From Oxford Mail)

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  • "a lot of people seem to be obsessed with moving from the kassam to a new venue. although the kassam is far from ideal many clubs in the the lower divisions would love a similar one. i can remember the drawn out process of trtying to get planning permission for the kassam not withstanding the the small matter of the 20 million or so that would be required when it is painfully obvious that we are strapped for cash. the same situation with the calls for a change of owner ship whe n its ils investment that is keeping us afloat. those that called for a change of manager last year saw what it led to so lets be a bit rational and be glad for what we have."
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OxVox: consortium led by Charlie Methven keen to invest in Oxford United

Oxford Mail: 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 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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