Talks to keep City at Valley Parade will step up a gear over the next few days.

Jack Tordoff has been brought in as a mediator in the negotiations to solve the club’s problem with the stadium overheads.

City have confirmed that delicate discussions with the stadium’s two landlords have already begun and more are planned as they look for a solution to suit all parties.

David Baldwin, City’s director of operations, confirmed: “There have been discussions already and there are meetings planned within the next week.”

The presence of former chairman – and long-time club sponsor – Tordoff will add a more objective approach around the table as they look to hammer out a deal with Gordon Gibb, whose family pension fund own the stadium, and office block landlords Prupim.

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