David Haytornthwaite believes he could now purchase Blackpool FC for less than he previously bid, but the AFC Fylde owner is fully focused on taking his club into the Football League, the Blackpool Gazette report.

Haythornthwaite tried to buy the Seasiders and end the Oyston family’s ownership of the club in 2006. But he withdrew his £6.75m bid and his friend Dai Davies, now the Coasters’ president, convinced him to turn his attentions to the club then known as Kirkham and Wesham.

And with Fylde battling for promotion from the National League for the second successive season, Haythornthwaite’s aim of reaching the Football League by 2022 looks to be on track.

He told The Gazette: “I made two attempts (to take control of Blackpool) and I could probably buy it today a lot cheaper than I tried to buy it for!

“But I’m fully committed to Fylde. I have a project I’ve started here and I am going to see it through. I will not be making any bid for Blackpool.”

Read more at: https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk

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