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Date: 26-01-2011 gif The Swan returns
Chris Swan Today, with the club on the verge of administration, it was announced that Chris Swan's bid to buy Kidderminster Harriers and 100% of its shares was accepted by the board at the Harriers.  This development follows only a matter of weeks after Mark Serrell took over as Chairman from Dave Reynolds.

Swan has already had two other previous bids rejected by the club, with the main bone of contention being that it would be difficult for the Warwickshire based businessman to obtain 100% of the shares due to some of them being owned by people who are now deceased or unwilling to sell (give them away?).

It has also been made public that a consortium of Harriers fans will be paying off around £75,000 of debt to one of the major creditors to the club – Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs - which is a highly commendable action and it's hoped that those who have grouped together to do that will be rewarded by Mr Swan when he takes the helm, which could be as soon as immediately.

Rumours are abound that this consortium could include the disgraced former Chairman Barry Norgrove and former director Neil Savery.  Just so long as John Baldwin, former accountant and prime mover in our mess, is not involved in any way, shape or form.

The supporters association, KHIST, have also said that they are not involved in any consortium to pay off HMRC although KHIST would dearly like to help solve the Club's financial problems, but does not have the sort of sums mentioned to draw on, even after the appeals for pledges.

Chairman (at time of writing) Mark Serrell has pointed out that it was either administration or accepting Swan's offer which clearly emphasises the predicament Serrell and the board, along with the club, were in before Swan made his third offer.

It remains to be seen the direction that Swan will take the Harriers in but he has already stated that he wants to run the club as a business but.  Its whether that plan will take the club into the league, or into extinction, will be the crucial factor in the coming years as to how Swan's reign as owner will be judged.

Photo © Chris Swan

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