DAVID TAYLOR today detailed exactly how much his consortium will pay to take control of Town - nothing!
The Wakefield accountant and owner Barry Rubery announced yesterday they have agreed a takeover deal for the cash-strapped Second Division club.
Mr Taylor and his backers will take an initial holding of just over 50% - rising eventually to 75% - and solicitors have been instructed to try and complete paperwork in the next two to three weeks.
Mr Taylor said today: "No payment will be made for shares in the club and I think it's only fair to state that here and now because rumours start to fly about.
"What we are doing is taking over certain debts and the continuing loss-making situation at the club, which has to be rectified."
When the deal is complete, Mr Taylor's first job will be to sit down with manager Lou Macari and talk about the future.
He insists the wage bill may still have to be cut and that any future players "will not be earning £6,000 or £7,000 a week."
There could be leeway for Macari to make signings, however, depending on further injuries and suspensions as Town bid to stay in contention towards the top.
"I won't be involved at the club until everything is signed, sealed and delivered because that wouldn't be right, but I do intend to sit down with Lou Macari as soon as possible to let him know where we stand and to get his views on everything.
"Under the circumstances I think he has done a good job and, like all managers, he will be judged ultimately on the results he gets.
"It has been difficult for Lou because since the start of the season he has not known who would be in charge of the club, and it would appear, in certain cases, that he has been unaware of who might be being sold and that would make the life of a manager extremely difficult."
While one more big wage-earner might have to be sold, Mr Taylor has an open mind on possible arrivals.
"Longer term we may need replacements and we can scour the lower divisions for someone who might be able to do a good job," he said. "No-one had heard of Darren Bullock when we signed him but he turned out to be a gem most of the time, so it can be done."
Macari was hoping midfield man Chris Beech (slight hamstring) would return to training today and be available for Saturday's squad in Cardiff.
The manager was also checking out whether long-serving defender Jon Dyson might be able to play his first match of the season in the Reserves today after a summer back operation.
Dyson is back in training and was being considered for the Avon Insurance Premier Division match against Port Vale at the McAlpine (2.00).
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