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Comment: Court grants Holdsworth and Anderson more time to sort BluMarble debt and ownership

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Extra time no longer seems a fitting football term to describe the ownership saga at Wanderers – but it is hoped another court adjournment awarded yesterday may finally bring about a resolution.

Who exactly will find the ‘golden goal’ and bring an end to more than 12 months of bartering between Ken Anderson, Dean Holdsworth and BluMarble is not yet clear.

But that the finance company who issued the winding-up petition to claim their £5million-plus-interest have acceded to another four-week delay can only be viewed as a positive for those longing for a conclusion.

Had there been no hope of an agreement it is almost certain BluMarble would have allowed the matter to take its legal course and find a buyer for Holdsworth’s shares after liquidation.

Anderson has consistently made his case to repay the loan and assume control of the Sports Shield BWFC shares, thus far without success.

Equally, Sports Shield claimed after the last adjournment they too had been speaking with potential investors willing to take on the BluMarble debt and join the gladiatorial arena. Still no sign of that happening, either.

The postponement is not exactly good news for Phil Parkinson, who will soon reach the stage where he has to push beyond re-signing last season’s promotion squad and free transfers.

Getting rid of the transfer embargo does not necessarily hinge on the outcome of BluMarble’s winding-up petition – more on the filing of overdue accounts for 2015/16 and the associated paperwork within. But particularly in Anderson’s case, being the sole owner would allow for greater scope to roll out the next stage of his plan, whatever that may be.

Most at the Macron agree if Anderson gets the deal over the line his track record in football, alongside that of trusted lieutenant Paul Aldridge, would suggest outside investors have been lined-up. And that would certainly be music to his manager’s ears.

Anderson has dangled a tantalising suggestion fans’ patience over the embargo and ownership issues would be rewarded in the end, even though his own must be running out.

Fans have seen progress on the pitch at Wanderers and in a commercial sense over the last year but the ownership stand-off has remained frustratingly difficult to move past.

With the court laying down a final deadline in London yesterday it cannot be long before the final result is settled once and for all.

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