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News Has millionaire poker player shown his hand? messages from prospective city buyer suggest he could walk away.

Byline: SIMON GILBERT Chief Reporter

POKER player Dale Evans has seemingly threatened to walk away from a Coventry City takeover in the latest of a series of bizarre posts on his social media account.

Mr Evans, who says he is a multi-millionaire, recently joined forces with former CCFC vice chairman Gary Hoffman's takeover consortium. His involvement has drawn much scepticism from supporters, fuelled by a flurry of social media activity and press interviews during recent weeks in which a series of seemingly contradictory claims have been made.

Do you want away and charge because someone in claiming jumped to Dale The latest message to Coventry City fans was posted on Mr Evans' Facebook account at 8.50pm on Sunday. It came just a few days after Mr Evans had indicated any future takeover statements would come from Mr Hoffman and not from him.

The post read: "Even though I've left all forum groups by advice I can still see all your comments being said.

"Negative comments will not deter myself and my consortium from what we are doing. I'm fully aware of what some of you are saying and let me be clear on this, I forgive your sceptical comments, but not those from people I sent things to in confidence that thought it would be clever to forward private messages on.

"People can dig all they want, what do you think you will achieve? "Share all you want CCFC fans but why try to destroy something we all want? me to walk leave Sisu in of what my past is and you've listen to. Evans Don't forget I know those of you trying to discredit me and please ask yourself 'why am I doing this and turning fans on each other because of someone that we all want for the club?' "I can live a happy life tomorrow away from all this so why am I still here fighting the cause.

"Do you all want me to walk away and leave Sisu in charge because of what someone from my past is claiming and you've jumped to listen to? "Me and my family do not deserve this so if everyone is not on board say now and I'll walk away taking all those close to me away from the whole firing line!

"I thought all CCFC fans were meant to be a family but some fans chose to listen to banter and act on that against one of their own. Do you think these desperate comments from the dregs of my past would deter me? "No! Only those who you know who you are involved within the CCFC community s******* on me publicly behind my back are wanting me to walk away from our consortium.

"So ask yourselves, what do you think you will achieve? No takeover, happy with no ground, no future? I'll tell you now, if that's what you want then just say."

Mr Hoffman's consortium has already had three previous bids for the club turned down by Sisu.

The last previous known offer was reported to be just over PS2million cash up front and would have allowed Sisu to keep the club's Ryton training ground to sell for housing - a land deal that it is claimed could be worth up to PS6m given its rural location.

That would amount to in excess of PS8million up front with a number of add-ons linked to promotion, cup success and 50 per cent of player sales which could take the deal nearer to PS20m.

The consortium is known to include Gary Hoffman, Stratford businessman Richard Overson, former CCFC chairman Joe Elliott and Nuneaton poker player Dale Evans.

DALE EVANS TIMELINE October 20: Dale Evans appears on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and claims he wants to buy CCFC outright and has spoken to club representatives.

October 21: CCFC release a statement saying they have never been contacted by Mr Evans.

October 26: Dale Evans tells the Telegraph he does not have enough money to complete a takeover alone, but has joined forces with Gary Hoffman's consortium. He also makes contradictory claims including about whether a bid had actually been submitted.

October 27: Coventry City owners Sisu release a statement insisting he had not made an offer for CCFC despite Mr Evans' public claims.

November 4: Gary Hoffman tells the Telegraph Mr Evans has joined his consortium.

November 7: Dale Evans admits he was duped by a prankster after claiming a deal for the club had been completed on social media. He says any future announcements will be made via Mr Hoffman.

November 20: Dale Evans threatens to walk away from the takeover consortium.

recently with former CCFC Gary Hoffman's consortium. Has scepticism supporters, of and in of contradictory have message to Coventry achieve? "Share all you but why something Don't those to of we club?' "I can life tomorrow this so why am I Do you want me to walk away and leave Sisu in charge because of what someone in my past is claiming and you've jumped to listen to. Dale Evans
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 22, 2017
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