Swann’s gone to The Iron, no replacement yet

The Northolme Football Ground, Northolme, Gainsborough.'Gainsborough Trinity v Hyde United.'Picture: Game cancelled due to frozen pitch?
The Northolme Football Ground, Northolme, Gainsborough.'Gainsborough Trinity v Hyde United.'Picture: Game cancelled due to frozen pitch?

Outgoing Trinity chairman Peter Swann is set to take over at Scunthorpe United, while a potential replacement mulls over the Blues’ role.

Swann was confirmed as the new chairman at The Iron on Tuesday, the same day that he met with a possible new leader for Gainsborough Trinity.

But speaking to the Standard he revealed that no decision had been reached yet.

“He’s taking a bit of time to think about it.”

“We had another meeting and we’re doing as much as we can to sort it out and make sure it’s right for the club.”

Businessman Swann is predicting a tough season in the Conference North for the Blues next season, but says he’s confident they will do well in the wake of his departure.

“I’m sure Gainsborough will move on and do their own thing, find their own level,” he said.

“I think I’ve pulled the club out of the dark ages a little bit, and although it’s going to be very difficult next year with who is coming down into the league, I’m sure they’ll do very well.”

“Some of the players have said they will stay, and the club have some great ideas.”

Speaking on his own plans, Swann admitted the position at Scunthorpe was a challenge he couldn’t turn down, after another move – believed to involve Lincoln City – failed to materialise.

“It was a very strange weekend, it was almost a 12th hour thing and it came very quickly into the forefront of my mind.”

“I know the people at Scunthorpe, I’m not going in blind and it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

“It wasn’t something I had planned, I had planned to go somewhere else, but I had to turn that down.”

“It will take a couple of weeks to clear my shares at Gainsborough.”

And he reiterated his previous vow that he would leave Trinity in a financially stable situation.

“The club is still alive, I’ve invested and given it as much as I can in five years, I’ve not used the fans money and I’ve not left the club in debt.”

Trinity completed their Blue Square North league campaign on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at Corby, securing eighth spot in the table.