The majority shareholder of the club has entered into a period of exclusivity with Chesterfield FC Community Trust (CFC Trust) to enable CFC Trust to carry out due diligence with a view to completing the acquisition of the majority shareholder’s interest in the club on the basis of an agreed set of heads of terms.
The agreement will, if completed, see the Trust take control of Chesterfield FC with a shareholding of 84% and the current majority shareholder Dave Allen will cease to have any ongoing involvement with the club.
Commenting on the news, Allen said: "I am delighted that a deal has been agreed in principle with the Trust.
"My preference has always been to hand over the running of the club to local people so it is pleasing that we have been able to reach an agreement in outline with the Trust which if completed will enable this to be the case."
Mike Goodwin, chairman of Chesterfield FC Community Trust, added: "I would like to first of all thank Ashley Carson for his help and co-operation, enabling us to reach this position.
"Our aim if we successfully conclude the agreement is to make the club very much a community organisation, building on the work being done by the Trust to help the people of Chesterfield and North-East Derbyshire.
"We urge fans to support the Trust's efforts to stabilise the club and get behind the team at this crucial period in the season."
Both parties hope that the sale will be concluded by mid-February.