Departing Bowden happy to help Devils' consortium
Departing Plymouth Devils promoter Mike Bowden has offered the speedway club's new owners a helping hand.
Bowden, who set up the club at St Boniface Arena six years ago, was expecting the sale of the Premier League to go through this week.
A five-strong consortium are due to take over the club, based at the St Boniface Arena, Marsh Mills, once legal odds and ends have been completed.
Bowden said he would be glad to offer the new owners help, if they needed it.
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He predicted the first season under the new regime would be a difficult one for the club.
Bowden said: "At the moment, everything (to do with the takeover) is going reasonably smoothly.
"Once the deal has been signed and sealed, I'll see what I do then.
"Seemond Stephens (one of the consortium members) is an old friend of mine and I'll be there to help and advise in any way I can. It's something I'm quite happy to do.
"I would imagine that the deal will be finalised by next week and then Seemond will have to obtain his promoters' licence and then they can go from there."
He added: "Every season you learn something new and in the Premier League, they (the consortium) will find it difficult in the first season."
Bowden, quite apart from offering the new club owners assistance, did not rule out becoming a speedway promoter again in the future.
He said: "I would never say never, as far as promoting is concerned. But every day is a new one and we'll wait for everything to be finalised and go from there."
Bowden himself put the Devils, who finished bottom of the Premier League last season, on the market.
He made the move against a background of falling crowds and finances at the St Boniface Arena.
Riders took pay cuts to keep the club afloat, but that situation caused a split between Bowden and Danish rider Nicki Glanz, who failed to return to the city club after recovering from an injury in his home country.
The Devils have been taken over by a five-man consortium, which includes former Devils' captain Stephens and speedway expert Godfrey Spargo.
Consortium members are expecting to start revamping work at the club's St Boniface Arena early next year.
Among the projects on their priority list is improving fans' facilities and the track surface.