The future of Cornard United playing at Blackhouse Lane is set to be resolved a week on Monday.
A decision will be taken on the new leaseholder, which has been offered out publicly by the land owners Great Cornard Parsih Council, at the council’s monthly meeting on April 28.
Candidates, which include Ards manager Mark Hoskin for Cornard United, were interviewed by a panel on April 9 and will make a recommendation to the full council ahead of a decision being made on the night.
It is understood the final negotiations and decision at the meeting will be taken in private.
It comes after a row over the previous historical lease — which was understood not to be legally binding — was sparked when then owner of Cornard United Chris Symes formed a limited company to sell the club and the accompanying clubhouse, which is on the council’s land.
With legal argument preventing a sale going ahead when Symes would not agree to signing a new lease — which would have made him financially responsible should the new owner fail to pay — he later dissolved the company.
The council locked the club out of the ground ahead of a game in November, before Hoskin reached an agreement to continue using it until a new lease was agreed.