Griffin Takes Over

Friday, 18 January 2002, 0:01
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The agreement is now in the hand’s of Petty’s lawyers after a long two days of meeting between Griffin, consortium spokesman Jim Moore and Tony Petty at his lawyers office in London.

Griffin had been hoping to conclude the deal early on Friday but late complications delayed the decision until around 6pm when Griffin confirmed to us at JackArmy.net that the initial agreement had been signed by both parties and it is believed by us that this is legally binding which should mean that the Tony Petty era at Swansea City is finally at the end.

Speaking shortly after the completion of the talks, Mel Griffin said “It has been a long two days and I am now going home to take my wife out for the evening, I have not seen her all week as I have been trying to tie this up. The agreement has been signed and is now with Tony’s lawyers and we will sign the final agreement on Monday sometime.”

Roger Freestone, Swansea City’s long-serving goalkeeper, told JackArmy.net “I am just relieved that the waiting is over. It has been a long and worrying time and now we wait to see what Mr Griffin brings to us all at Swansea City. This final stretch seems to be going on for some time and I am glad that it is sorted in time for Saturday’s game. I would now ask the fans to forget about Tony Petty and get behind us for three much needed points tomorrow.”

Keith Haynes of the Midlands, Avon and Gloucester Swans said “It is now time for Mr Griffin to prove to the supporters of Swansea that he has Swansea City’s best interests at heart. He needs to sit down with representatives of all supporters groups and incase them within his plans and rid the club of all associations with Tony Petty. It will take time to repair the damage that Petty has caused this club and the earlier he starts doing this the better.”

Tony Petty took charge at Swansea City on October 3 last year, 2 days after we provided his name to you in a JackArmy.net exclusive. 11 days later the carnage at the Vetch was clear as 7 first team players were sacked and most of the remainder of the squad had their wages slashed. That was the only straw as far as Swansea fans were concerned and a series of protests were organised against Petty but it was only with Mel Nurse buying the debt from Ninth Floor that the campaign to oust Petty gathered pace.

At the end of November, Nurse’s attempts to put the club into liquidation failed and there seemed little hope but constant fan pressure forced Petty’s hand in the end and leads us to where we are now.

Make no mistake, many people have played their part in the ousting of Tony Petty. He is known to hate the unofficial web-sites for their campaign against him but it seems that it worked and Swansea City has moved on to what will hopefully prove to be better hands.

Mel Griffin as we remember contacted me last week and has been open in communication with the fans, it now seems that he is pulling the strings and we all hope for the sake of Swansea City Football Club that they prove to be the right strings.

A new era is dawning for Swansea City, let’s hope it is a bright one.

Images courtesy of Getty Images, Athena Picture Agency and Swansea City Football Club.
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