Sharks And Red Devils Consider AJ Bell And Alternatives

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10 January 2018

Steve Diamond has told the Daily Mail that Sale Sharks are looking at potential new stadium venues this month.

'If they (ed. City of Salford Community Stadium Ltd run by the council) won't sell the AJ Bell to us we will move,' Diamond told the national newspaper.

'We can't compete financially unless we control the 'wet', the food and the non-match-days.

'There are only 16 games a year at home so we would need another 300 days of weddings, bar mitzvahs, conferences – everything that everyone else has.'

Two sites they will consider are areas of 'clean' local authority land. One is in the wealthy area surrounding Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Knutsford, East Cheshire.

And the other site is in Trafford – where Manchester United and Lancashire cricket's Old Trafford grounds are situated. If Sale were to leave they need to decide by the summer, and would have to give the AJ Bell three years notice.

'They would love us to be back in that (Trafford) region,' added Diamond.

'The ideal is to buy the AJ Bell – it is already built, we have put five years of graft into it.

Sale have previously made an offer to buy the stadium themselves but say they will build a ground is unsuccessful.

The new owners of Salford City Reds, Salford RD Holdings would also consider buying the stadium.

"The stadium is an event now," new Red Devils director Andrew Rosler.

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, he said: "It's growing all the time

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