Sunderland Echo: Gateshead fans have their say on ‘ideal candidate’ Chris Dunphy as he eyes takeover

This story comes from MARK CARRUTHERS and was published on the Sunderland Echo website.

Influential Gateshead fans have thrown their backing behind Chris Dunphy’s bid to buy the club. The Echo exclusively revealed that the former Rochdale chairman had a “serious interest” in taking over at the National League play-off challengers and accountants working on his behalf are currently examining the Heed’s financial situation. That could lead to Dunphy submitting a formal bid to Gateshead owner Dr Ranjan Varghese and the club’s chief financial advisor Joseph Cala.

Several other parties have expressed an interest in acquiring the Tynesiders and the Echo understands that football agents Colin Piechniczek and Gustavo Pozo have been told they have access to the books over the last 24 hours, but as yet they have been unable to do so. Gateshead Soul Independent Supporters Association chairman Bernard McWilliams has been working alongside Gateshead general manager Alisha Henry to assess potential suitors for the club. He said: “It has been a challenging process and one with many ups and downs. “But the last week has seen some real progress and it has given us a better indication of where we are at right now. “There has been interest from both home and abroad, but we feel that Chris Dunphy is our preferred bidder and we have made that decision based on a number of reasons.

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