Macclesfield owner in 'advanced negotiations' over sale of club

Macclesfield Town owner, Amar Alkadhi has said he is in 'advanced negotiations to sell the club, with a number of prospective parties.

In a brief statement on the club's website, Alkhadi said:

Majority shareholder Amar AlKadhi would like to advise that he is currently in advanced negotiations with various third parties, with a view to selling his stake in Macclesfield Town Football Club.

Macclesfield Town owner Amar Alkadhi

Macclesfield's game against Crewe on Saturday has been suspended after Town informed the EFL they would be unable to fulfil the fixture.

The announcement had been anticipated after Macclesfield's players released a statement saying they would refuse to play the League Two match due to non-payment of wages.

The club have been subject to a winding-up petition by HMRC Credit: Press Association

Senior players went on strike for November's FA Cup first-round tie against Kingstonian, which the non-league side won 4-0 against a makeshift line-up.

They returned for the league match with Mansfield having been paid but with problems arising once more as the club face a High Court winding-up petition - backed by former manager Sol Campbell - the Crewe match will not go ahead with the players citing issues of "mental well-being".

The winding-up petition against the club has been adjourned until December 18.

Sol Campbell says he' owed £182,000 by the club Credit: Press Association

Campbell's barrister Philip Currie told a court hearing his client is owed £182,000 by the club while barrister Raj Arumugam, representing HM Revenue & Customs, said the club owed a "very large" amount in tax.

Macclesfield have become the latest EFL club to experience financial difficulties, with Bury being expelled from the league in August and Bolton only surviving thanks to a last-ditch takeover.