Cornard United have received overwhelming backing by Free Press readers to be handed the lease to Blackhouse Lane.
The cash-strapped Thurlow Nunn League First Division club face being booted out of their ground should owners Cornard Parish Council allow another organisation to take over the rent when they put it out to tender in the next few weeks.
But following the Free Press’ story last week, fellow East Anglian non-League managers and players, as well as Suffolk football followers, have hit out at the decision to not offer it to Cornard first.
Cornard United manager Mark Hoskin, who has admitted having to put his own money into the club to keep it going while they are unable to use the clubhouse to host functions, said he had been ‘over the moon’ with the readers’ response.
He also added he wished to place on record his thanks to the parish council for allowing the club to continue to play at Blackhouse Lane while the issue of a new landlord, following the winding up of Chris Symes’ limited company when he attempted to sell the Ards, which led to the lease row.
“I love this club and it has got to stay and that is my only drive,” said Hoskin, who was appointed as manager last summer having previously worked as a youth coach at Colchester United and reserve-team manager at Halstead Town.
He added: “My pitch is the community and the things that should be going on here.”
n Turn to Page 94 for a selection of readers’ views.