EXCLUSIVE: England star to lead Cornard revolution?

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AN EX-ENGLAND international is being lined up to become player-manager of Cornard United as part of an enquiry made to take over the Ridgeons League club by a well-known Premier League footballer’s agent.

So the deal does not break down, the Free Press cannot reveal the names behind the sensational deal, put forward over the phone to current owner Chris Symes to take over the Blackhouse Lane club.

Former Scottish First Division manager Symes revealed the call had taken him aback and he is yet to hear further about the deal, though is waiting to see if an offer to match his £40,000 valuation of the club, where England Under-21s trained in November, materialises.

“He just phoned me up and asked ‘how many promotions to the Conference?’,” said Symes.

“It would put a bomb under Sudbury, imagine the players who would be coming here.”

Cornard United’s Blackhouse Lane pitch has seen some big stars gracing it with the club having been a regular training ground for Premier League teams on overnight stays at Stoke by Nayland Hotel and Golf Club while Ipswich Town were in the Premier League.

But should the only firm enquiry for the club since the last deal under London-based businessman Rob Batten went horribly wrong — when he was unable to get permission to move his car business to the club in time — go further, it could bring a whole host of new stars to the club on a permanent basis.

“I said it (the club) was £40,000 and that does not include the pitch and he (the agent) said you don’t even get the pitch with Chelsea,” added Symes.

“It is a limited company now and easier to sell than it was last year.

“I made the mistake of letting the guy run it for six months and he got fed up and left and I have learned by my mistakes.”

Asked if he would be phoning the agent back to see if the deal was still alive, Symes was adamant that would not be happening, despite the high-profile nature of the prospective owner and his potential manager.

Former Chelmsford City and Braintree Town manager Symes, who has owned Cornard for the past 17 years, is now trying to the sell the club for the third time after a complicated history and this time has issued shares as an alternative to selling it on, should a takeover not happen.