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Takeover could help form - McEwan

Billy McEwan
McEwan's team are one point above the relegation zone

Mansfield Town manager Billy McEwan is hoping the official takeover of the club will help to turn around the Stags' Blue Square Premier fortunes.

The paperwork for the takeover by Andy Perry, Andy Saunders and Steve Middleton was completed this week.

McEwan, whose side are 20th, told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It will settle things down with all the indecision that's been going on for a while now.

"Hopefully we can crack on and it might be the turning point for us."

McEwan added: "I'm just pleased that it's all sorted out and we can sit down and lay some plans and foundations down with the new people."

Stags chairman Andy Perry, who took control of the club with Saunders and Middleton in the summer but has had to wait for the paperwork to be finalised, said: "It's definitely a relief - I'm absolutely ecstatic as well.

"Keith Haslam no longer owns Mansfield Town Football Club, he's not a shareholder.

"We rent the ground [from Haslam] but we're going to be looking at that over the next couple of years and see what we can do."

Perry, Saunders and Middleton all have businesses in the town and are long-standing supporters.

Mansfield are just one point above the relegation zone after a 2-0 defeat at Kidderminster on Tuesday.

see also
Stags takeover nears completion
17 Nov 08 |  Mansfield
McEwan vows to turn things around
05 Dec 08 |  Mansfield

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