Torquay United board considering three takeover offers

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Torquay finished 13th in the Conference in their first season since falling out of the Football League

Torquay United's board are now considering three different offers to take over the Conference club, which has been up for sale since January.

A consortium of 10 local businessmen, headed by the club's commercial manager Dean Edwards, is one of the three and has submitted a six-figure bid.

"They've made a bid. We're waiting for the money to arrive in our account," acting chairman Bill Phillips said.

"But at the same time we have at least two other interested parties.

The bidding process began after lottery-winning former owner Thea Bristow sold her 80% stake to the current board last week.

Edwards, 53, played more than 100 games for the Gulls between 1988 and 1991 and twice scored for them at Wembley.

"I saw the scary situation we were in and I felt we had to do something to keep the club alive," he told BBC Sport.

Dean Edwards in 1991
Dean Edwards scored at Wembley for Torquay in the 1989 Football League Trophy final and in the Division Four play-off final win over Blackpool in 1991

"If some multi-millionaires do step out of the shadows we'll step aside if it's in the best interests of the club and the community.

"But if we're successful we'll try and run the club at a level it's comfortable with to give enough support to bring us back to a position where we should be."

He added: "I've sent an email to Bill Phillips about our intentions and I'm awaiting contact from Bill to see if the board are going to accept."

Torquay United was last taken over in May 2007 when Bristow's late husband Paul bought himself a place on the board.

The club has been up for sale since former Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas

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