MACCLESFIELD Town bosses have admitted they are considering a move away from the Moss Rose.
The Cheshire club have revealed they have been locked in talks with Macclesfield Council - and several sites across the borough have been considered.
But the League Two outfit have dismissed rumours the ground has already been sold to the council in a é5m deal.
And the Express understands a move in the next 10 years is highly unlikely.
éWe are involved in on-going discussions with the council regarding all issues to do with the football club because it is an integral and important part of the community,é said Silkmen chairman Rob Bickerton, who added the club were in regular contact with council officials.
He added: éShould the opportunity to relocate ever present itself, and there was anything tangible to publicise, then the supporters would be the first to know.
éThe speculation weéve sold the stadium is categorically untrue.é
However, the Express believes the cost of financing a new 10,000 all-seater stadium - about é15million - and finding a suitable location, have cast major doubts over any move.
The club would generate income by selling the Moss Rose to property developers, but finding a new site could be problematic with potential locations, including Dane Gate and Lyme View, having been met with objections in the past.
Macclesfield MP, Sir Nicholas Winterton, admitted Macc Town would benefit from a new home, but is not convinced the plans are viable.
He said: éMore facilities are needed than they currently have at the Moss Rose because of the lack of car parking in the area - on a matchday ités choc-a-bloc down there.
éMy own view is that if they were to move then they should go to somewhere within the vicinity of the present ground with better car parking facilities.é
He added: éThis will be a capital expensive project and the club have problems balancing their books at the minute, but of course everyone is in support of the club - I want the club to survive and prosper.é
Silkmen fan Rob Trafford, a member of the Fansé Forum committee, added: éI would love a new stadium - imagine a 10,000 all-seater ground in the town - but with attendances the lowest in the entire Football League, it would be very hard to justify a move away from Moss Rose.
éLets steady the ship a little next year both on and off the field; we are lucky to still be in the League after last season and I would rather have one of the worst grounds in the League than one of the best in the Conference.é