Sunday Mirror

‘FAR­NELL CAN BE TRUSTED ON CLARETS DEAL’

- STeVe BATeS Sports · Manchester · Paul Elliott · Burnley F.C. · Burnley · Bury F.C. · Gigg Lane

BURN­LEY fans have been told that con­tro­ver­sial sports lawyer Chris Far­nell IS the right man to take them for­ward in a pro­posed £200mil­lion takeover.

And Scott John­son, at the heart of the bat­tle to save Bury FC from ex­tinc­tion, be­lieves fans should be em­brac­ing Far­nell’s in­volve­ment with Egyp­tian busi­ness­man Mo­hamed Elka­shashy – not fear­ing it. Far­nell was crit­i­cised for try­ing to help save Bury FC af­ter be­ing asked by John­son, gen­eral man­ager at Gigg Lane, to lend a hand.

But John­son says only in­com­pe­tence by the EFL and med­dling by owner Steve Dale were to blame for Bury’s demise – not Far­nell (right).

Cheshire-based lawyer Far­nell was handed a ban by the EFL ear­lier this year which pre­vented him from own­ing a club af­ter ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties sur­faced dur­ing an at­tempte­dat­temp takeover at Charl­tonCha with M Manchester busi­ness­manb Paul El­liott.

Far­nell ap­pealed anda the ban was su sub­se­quently over­turned – and John­son in­sists he’s got the con­nec­tions to be a huge as­set to Burn­ley.

He said: “I’ve sat back and read some of the so­cial me­dia rub­bish by peo­ple with agen­das and it’s out of or­der.

“Burn­ley fans need to ig­nore th­ese key­board war­riors who seem to think it is okay to ped­dle half truths and lies. I asked Chris to help us at Bury be­cause I knew he was vastly ex­pe­ri­enced and had many, many con­tacts in foot­ball.

“He was there when­ever we needed him, he didn’t ask for a penny and did ev­ery­thing he could to save the club. In the end, we had three bids on the ta­ble – all be­fore the dead­line – and yet for some rea­son they weren’t con­sid­ered by the EFL.

“I would trust him with my life and Burn­ley have noth­ing to worry about.”

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