Key figures reveal their visions for the future

Paddy DavittKing's Lynn's former finance director Dave Handley last night unveiled his blueprint for the future.Handley resigned from the previous failed board in a public row over settling the tax debt that triggered the club's High Court winding up order.Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn's former finance director Dave Handley last night unveiled his blueprint for the future.

Handley resigned from the previous failed board in a public row over settling the tax debt that triggered the club's High Court winding up order.

The Leicester-based businessman revealed he will hold talks with council officials next week in a bid to get their backing for his new vision.

Handley has also confirmed he would want Carl Heggs to remain at the helm and pledged to entice the ex-Lynn boss with a �2,500 weekly playing budget next season.


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"People have said to me 'put up or shut up.' Well if the council give me a chance I'll put up straight away," said Handley. "I would be totally accountable and I'd invite the Blue and Gold Trust to be represented on the board so we don't repeat the mistakes that got us into this mess in the first place.

"It's been an upsetting period but it's a chance to build a football club again with no debt and that is a big deal because now the money you put in is making something good - rather than throwing money at someone else's mistakes.

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"I've had a good positive chat with the council and they are interested in hearing what I have to say so that is a massive opportunity.

"We've got a clean slate, a fresh start and I wouldn't mess it up. Firstly let's get the council to agree and then the FA will decide whatever league we are in and we take it from there."

Handley is willing to back his proposal with hard cash.

"It would be a massive financial commitment but I understand that," he said. "But I would also look to find myself a place there in the King's Lynn area and have a permanent base and I would be willing to go in with the right person or group of local people.

"I have spoken to one or two local business people and I've also got others who might have been interested but just could not work with the previous board.

"I'm 35 years old, I love football and I honestly believe this club could be in the Football League.

"Carl is the man I want. I know him well and I think a lot of him. The playing budget for the first season would be �2,500 per week so I think we could get some good players to help us get out of the league we start off in."

Handley insists Lynn's loyal fanbase would be an integral part of his plan.

"I think it's important after what happened they feel they are being communicated with and not lied to," he said. "I tried to engage with them directly and right now I wouldn't blame the fans for thinking it's time for action - from whoever - not just me.

"They've had a terrible couple of weeks while the club folded but if I get a chance I will deliver. I can tell them what I'd like to do and the money I will put in but they have heard that before in the past from other people. The previous board came out with something new everyday and in the end it came to nothing."

Handley also set the record straight over his refusal to build bridges with the former regime in the final days of Lynn's Unibond Premier survival battle.

He said: "The bottom line is if you believe in how you want to do something and you can see it is not happening that way, and you are being asked to go along with that, it's hard to put more money in when you can see it is going to destruct.

"Maybe with hindsight I was wrong to go on to that board at the time I did but what they told me to join the board and what the actual truth was with the finances turned out to be two different things.

"This line that I agreed to pay the whole tax bill is just rubbish," he added.

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