Oldham Athletic Owner To Sell Club Following Ched Evans Controversy

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Corney says he’s had enough.

Just days after confirming they would not be signing convicted rapist Ched Evans, Oldham Athletic owner Simon Corney has revealed he wants to sell the club.

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Corney has been at the head of the League One club for 12 years and has now said that he wants to move on after losing interest.

“I’ve had enough and it’s no secret. Where does it all end, in 15 or 20 years’ time?” Corney told the Oldham Evening Chronicle.

“I’ve been here for 12 years and I just don’t have the same interest any more. I love the club and love the game but enough is enough.

“I would like to find a buyer. Hopefully it will be a lot more sellable with a new stand there. And I would want it to go to the right person.”

Corney is based in the US, but is back in Lancashire to watch his team take on Fleetwood Town and Rochdale over the next week.

The Latics hit the headlines in recent times after coming close to signing Evans, despite the fact he had recently served two-and-a-half years of a five-year sentence for rape.

The Welshman had previously been training with former club Sheffield United, but the Blades cancelled that after public uproar and several patrons and sponsors threatening to pull their support.

Despite this Corney claims he did not expect such a furore when his side considered signing Evans.

“I’m completely over it,” he continued.

“It came and it went, that was it. I was over here when it was all going on and it grew to be a lot bigger than I thought. But once the answer became a no, that was that.

“I still think the right thing would have been to take him, I really do. But in the end it wasn’t to be.

“We underestimated the attention and fury.”

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