A story grew out of a thread on the Daggers forum, Views from the Sieve, where it was stated that the Easts had been told that they would never be welcome at the club again should Glenn Tamplin win.
So what is the truth? We contacted both Glenn Tamplin and the Easts for comment.
Mr Tamplin told us that he had never told the Easts that they would not be welcome or that they would be banned from the club. He told us that he wanted more, not less, people at the club.
The Easts told us that they had received an "unprovoked" text at 16.45 on 24th June telling them that they would not be allowed to continue as presidents. The Easts kindly let us have copies of the text in question, and the two that preceded it. From those texts the following picture emerges:
On or around 13th June, before the consortium was formed, the Easts spoke with Glenn Tamplin about joining his bid to buy the club.
On 14th June Glenn Tamplin sent two texts to Brian East. In those texts he thanked the Easts for speaking with him, but said that he had decided to proceed to buy the club on his own. He went on to say that he thought that it would be a good idea for them to come on board once the sale was complete and that he would like to meet with them to discuss if and how they would be involved. He made it clear that he was offering no guarantees, but said that he was sure that they would reach an agreement to involve them.
At lunchtime on 24th June Gerry Hanning gave an interview to Phoenix FM, which you can hear here, on behalf of the newly formed consortium. The interview did not name Glenn Tamplin, but it did question the motives of the person seeking to buy the club and suggested that proper due diligence had not been carried out. The interview went on to reveal that the Easts were a part of the consortium.
At 16.35 Glenn Tamplin sent a text to Brian East which started "wow", the implication being that he was surprised. He said that obviously he would no longer be able to consider the Easts as partners and that they would no longer be able to be presidents if he won. The text concludes by wishing the Easts luck with their rival bid and that there were no hard feelings.