West Brom edge towards sale

In what he admits could be his final message as owner of the club, Peace – wirting in the programnme ahead of the game against Chelsea – has pledged to avoid a ‘long-running saga’ if he opts to sell his majority stake.

Peace was at pains to point out that he does not expect any takeover to affect Tony Pulis’ position or the club’s summer transfer business.

The potential buyers are believed to be from the Far East and the United States, with Peace wanting a deal in place in principle in the next fortnight.

Peace said: ???Since announcing in February that I was taking the club to the investment market, I am sure you have read media speculation about interested parties in contact over a possible purchase.

???That process remains on-going and as of this moment, those parties are conducting due diligence on the club.
But let me once again stress that I do not intend this to become a long-running saga which could become counter-productive to our preparations for next season.

???Indeed, those preparations are now underway with a progressive dialogue over targets for the summer.
It is also right to say that, in the discussions that I have conducted with those parties, there is a uniform view about committing to the management model which I believe has served the club so well.

???In short, if there is a change of ownership, the transition should be smooth and devoid of upheaval. Business will continue as normal.

???As things stand, I do not know if this will be my last Hawthorns game as chairman, but I am proud of the fact that when everyone returns next August, Albion will be going into its sixth successive Premier League campaign and the 10th since I became chairman.

???I believe we have made good progress during those years but our beloved old club faces more and even greater challenges in the future.???