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Controversial Oldham bid

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Former Chester City owner Stephen Vaughan is heading a consortium that is seeking to take over Oldham Athletic. Vaughan was the owner of Chester City where he took over in 2001. The club was wound up in 2010. Vaughan was the first person to fail the Football Association's fit and proper person test.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the negotiations have been going on for some months and have hit a number of stumbling blocks. The present owners have been in charge since rescuing the club in 2004.

Although they were at one time in the Premier League, Oldham are a challenging proposition like any club close to Manchester. The ground needs investment but there would also need to be a strategy to boost attendances.