‘FARNELL CAN BE TRUSTED ON CLARETS DEAL’
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.”