No Intention Of Moving Away -Birch

Last updated : 25 January 2004 By Kevin Markey

Trevor Birch, acting chairman and chief executive, said: "I am not sure what game is being played by Town and Country Developments Ltd and (the newspaper) but I can categorically deny that I have had a meeting with Mr (Clifford) Goldhill or any other representative from that company and neither have I ever met or spoken to them.

"Mr Goldhill's statement contained in (the newspaper) that he had a meeting with me on Thursday night is totally untrue and I will be filing my complaint with the Press Complaints Commission and considering further action against Mr Goldhill in due course.

"Apparently Town and Country Developments were one of a number of institutions that a broker assisting a local consortium is talking to regarding financing a potential purchase of Leeds United and that was the reason for his presence at Walker Morris, solicitors acting for a local consortium.

"The consortium's solicitor has confirmed to me that they have no intention of moving away from Elland Road.

"This coming week is another critical one in the life of Leeds United and talks will continue with various parties, including the principal creditor group, in order to find a solution."