Former Plymouth executive plans Weymouth takeover

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The former chief operating officer at Plymouth Argyle, Tony Campbell, has confirmed he is trying to buy Weymouth Football Club.

Campbell said negotiations are at an early stage, as current Weymouth owners George and Amanda Rolls look to purchase Kettering Town.

Their Kettering interest could dictate the timing of the sale of Weymouth.

"I think the time scale is going to be driven by events at Kettering," Campbell told BBC Radio Solent.

Campbell added: "It is a complex process.

"Weymouth do have issues, and there is some due diligence to be done to address those issues. These things unfortunately take time."

Campbell believes the Terras can head towards the Football League with the right ownership and investment. It is that potential that has convinced him to attempt to purchase the Southern League club.

"[Weymouth] is a lot bigger currently than many clubs playing in the Football League," he said.

"If you look at Weymouth's gates when they were in the Conference, they were probably higher than about eight clubs currently in the Football League. So potentially it is a club that has the capacity to play league football."

Earlier in February, Kettering Town caretaker manager Ashley Westwood revealed Rolls, the controversial former chairman of Cambridge United, was interested in taking over the club.

The Poppies, currently owned by Imraan Ladak, lie 22nd in the Blue Square Bet Premier and have serious financial issues.

A winding up petition from HM Revenue & Customs was recently deferred until early April, but they must pay their football creditors, including the players, by 28 February or face a points deduction and fine.

Rolls, who made his money in recruiting, became chairman at Cambridge United in January 2009, having previously sat on the board, but resigned in August that same year after a falling out with then manager Martin Ling.

Three months later, he saved Weymouth from administration by completing a deal to buy the south coast club.

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