Owner-chairman Dean Hoyle says he is committed to the Huddersfield Town cause – but would consider standing aside if the “right kind” of investor came along.
The lifelong fan who made his fortune in the greetings card business is in his sixth campaign at the helm, with the club a season-high 14th in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bolton Wanderers.
Hoyle would love to be the first chairman to lead the club to the top flight since Frank Drabble in 1970.
But he says it is becoming “harder and harder” to win promotion from a “very difficult division”.
“If someone comes along who can do a better job I would not stand in their way.
“It would have to be 100%, because I don’t share.
“I believe stability is needed at a football club, and I don’t think shared investment breeds that.”
Hoyle, who sanctioned the club-record £1.3m purchase of front-runner Nahki Wells from Bradford City at the start of the year, added: “I think we have come a long way.
“The club has its stadium shares back, we have a purpose-built training complex and we have established ourselves in the Championship.
“We aim to keep moving forward, but this is a very difficult division.
“While this club might post a loss of, for instance, £2m a year, we are competing against clubs prepared to post a loss of £20m.
“I am not willing to take on that level of loss from a personal point of view – and I am not prepared to put the club in that situation.”