Cheltenham Town optimistic Gloucester City FC groundshare issues will be resolved
CHELTENHAM Town chairman Paul Baker remains 'confident' any outstanding issues with tenants Gloucester City can be resolved and an extended groundshare agreed.
The Robins have now received a proposal from the Tigers in regards to their £17,000 owed for back rent and winger Bagasan Graham's loan.
Also included in the deal are details of how the remaining payments for this year will be made and plans for how the Tigers plan to pay next term.
Aware City need to have an agreement signed, sealed and delivered for next season by the Football Conference's March 31 deadline, Baker said he expected a deal to be struck.
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"We are very keen to continue their relationship with Gloucester City over this season and next," he said.
"We have broad agreement on a continuing groundshare for next season and we have received an initial proposal from Gloucester in terms of this year's situation too.
"We have gone back to them on that proposal and we are now awaiting their response.
"We have had a proposal which covers the existing agreement and money that is due and also next year's money.
"And we have gone back to them with some alternative proposals that they are currently considering."
Baker said that relations between the two clubs are still positive and he praised City chairman Nigel Hughes for the professional way in which he has handled negotiations.
While admitting a deal had not yet been fully agreed, he said there is willing on both sides which means there should be no long-term hitches.
Baker revealed two-weeks' notice could be given at any time to sever the existing arrangement, but it was a course of action that was unlikely to occur.
"We are in a constructive negotiation and it is being discussed in a positive way and I have a very good working relationship with Nigel Hughes," Baker added.
"We are both very honourable people and I am confident we will be able to reach an agreement that will satisfy both parties, but we are not quite there yet.
"Ultimately the deadline is the worry of Gloucester City and not us, as they have to get it sorted by March 31. But there is an outstanding amount due and within the terms of the agreement we can serve notice on them at 14 days at any time.
"Clearly that is not something that we want to do and if we got to total impasse then we would be obliged to in order to cut our losses.
"But that is our absolute worst-case scenario and I can't see that happening."
â Travel Club coaches for the Robins' trip to Burton Albion will depart from Cheltenham Racecourse tomorrow at 11.15am.