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Swann: ‘Huge financial task’ to build stadium

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The Iron’s chairman Peter Swann has said the club hope to be in a position to reveal details of who will construct the club’s new 12,000 seater stadium next week.

He will travel to Preston this afternoon to hold final meetings with tendering companies but Swann has told the Scunthorpe Telegraph the club will not rush their selection.

“I’d hope to be able to make an announcement next week, but the key for us is to do it right,” Swann told the Telegraph.

“I know it’s a bit frustrating – it’s the same for me, I think all the fans know I like to get on with stuff and just do it. I’m having to rein myself in a little bit and say ‘come on, we’ve waited all this time’.

“There is so much work involved, not only in terms of getting a contractor on board, but then making sure the finances are in place for the next 14-16 months.

“You’re probably talking about £1-2million a month to pay for the stadium, which is a huge financial task to get it right.

“Once we’ve got a contractor in and we know what we’re paying for the stadium we then go off and attack our funding line that we’ve got to prepare and get that nailed down.

“We’ve taken our time over this, but we are taking our time to make sure we make the right decision and get the right person in to the build the stadium.

“It’s going to be tight, but we’ll push to try to get the stadium operational before the start of that season.

“We might be a bit behind, with a quarter of a stand or something, but if that’s what we have to do, we’ll move in and just manage.

“We want to get it right – that’s the most important thing – we’re not just going to squeeze it in. If it takes another couple of months, that’s fair enough, that’s what we’ll do.

Planning permission for the new stadium was granted at the end of April.

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.


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