Chris Dunphy is making progress with his proposed takeover of Gateshead FC following meetings this week.

Last week, the players had called for owner Dr Ranjan Varghese and financial advisor Joe Cala to go, following a season of turmoil at the club, as former Rochdale chairman Dunphy attempted to push through a takeover. A deal had recently been agreed in principle, but an exclusivity agreement had yet to be signed by the current hierarchy, leading Dunphy to announce last week he had ended his interest in the deal.

The exclusivity form has still not been signed, though Dunphy is making progress regarding his proposed takeover after meetings this week.

It was also stated last week that wages had yet to be paid for the month of March, with manager Ben Clark told by Cala that they would not be paid unless he called the National League and successfully requested them to release funds from the bond. All senior players and staff have since been paid.

Gateshead College are now taking charge of payments regarding the club’s Under-19 players. Additionally, for the first time since Ben Clark has been manager, plans are in place for the team to travel down the day before the match and stay overnight as they prepare to face Eastleigh this weekend.