Farsley Celtic: Boss throws his weight behind the Palmer bid

On the day of a major meeting which could decide the future of Farsley Celtic, first team boss Neil Parsley has thrown his weight behind club president and bidder John Palmer.

Palmer and his consortium have been running the club ever since an interim agreement was reached with administrators Mazars in September, a deal which Parsley says has worked well.

Leeds City Council chiefs meet with Mazars today to discuss the two bids for the west Leeds club, who succumbed to their financial woes after the Inland Revenue sought a winding-up order over an outstanding 200,000 tax bill, and were forced into administration by brewery Coors.

Mazars tried to close the 101-year-old club down on the eve of their eighth match of the season in September, but were prevented from doing so after Farsley were only saved after Palmer returned to the bidding table at the last minute.

Parsley is pleased about how the club is now being run by Palmer and desperately wants him to permanently take over.

"Luckily, all the administration problems this season have not affected the dressing room at all," said Parsley.

"After the negatives of September, when they were going to shut us down, every financial obligation has been met by Farsley Celtic to all the players and the players have come in and done the business and been paid on time.

"This has been very good considering the long, cold spell that we had.

"Tax and national insurance bills have been paid by the consortium running the club.

"We just have to hope now that the Palmer/Farrell consortium can take control of the club.

"It's a big day for Farsley Celtic."

Meanwhile, Parsley has claimed he is being kept in the dark by the club's administrators.

Parsley is owed wages from before the club entered administration and the Liverpudlian has said he is angry that, despite the fact Nottinghamshire-based Mazars have been running the Throstle Nest outfit since July, out of their Leeds office, they have failed to come up with an exact figure owed to him.

He said: "Being a football creditor myself, being owed money from Farsley Celtic, I have tried numerous times to resolve this with the administrator, but the correspondence back from the administrator is minimal and often incorrect.

"To be honest, I do not know how the communication happens between the consortiums that have made the bids or the solicitors representing Farsley Celtic as the administrators just do not return calls.

"The lack of communication is what disappoints me.

"The consortiums must be very frustrated in the way this has moved forward."

Mazars spokeswoman Louisa Howells said: "There has been an ongoing issue with Mr Parsley and he did receive his progress report three days ago.

"There has been a slight delay in the agreed figures because the club provided a list of figures they believed they owed to players and then some of the players came back with different figures.

"We are in the process of verifying all these claims and it does take time because it is all legal documentation.

"We understand his position but as in terms of keeping him in the dark, we are not delibrately mucking anyone about, we are doing things properly."

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