The future of Cornard United and their base at the parish council-owned Blackhouse Lane is set to be decided ‘within the next two to three weeks’.
Councillor Mark Newman is part of a special committee set up to oversee an official new lease for the site where the Thurlow Nunn League First Division side currently play.
But the Free Press understands that while Mark Hoskin and Cornard United’s application was looking like being the only bid on the table, some late interest emerged to provide competition for the tenancy.
Following Great Cornard Parish Council’s deadline for applications passing on Friday, Newman said they will have the village side’s future in their thoughts.
“We will be holding interviews in the next two weeks and we want to get the right person,” he said. “We want to help get the football club on a level standing to continue for years and years.”
The council sparked anger in the community when locking the side out of the ground for their home match with Team Bury in early November and having to pay a £500 for the postponement following a row over the lease with then-owner Chris Symes.
After Symes tried, unsuccessfully, to sell the club before disbanding the limited company he set up to do so, it emerged there had never been an official document drawn up and the council said they were merely safeguarding their property.
Manager Mark Hoskin then stepped in to attempt to save the club, saying he faced a ‘David v Goliath battle’ over retaining the lease.