Hobson's choice would be to help Scunthorpe United bring in new players
BOXING promoter Dennis Hobson is hopeful of giving Scunthorpe United a January boost by securing a place on the board in time to help recruit some new signings.
Although the Sheffield businessman was cagey when asked about any potential investment, he is confident of using his list of contacts to strengthen a struggling Iron squad.
Hobson believes a deal is growing closer to being done and is eager for it to be confirmed as soon as possible to make the most of the transfer window.
"I am hopeful," he told the Telegraph.
"I would want to get it sorted soon, where they say, 'let's do a deal, let's get you on board. Then we go to work and you pull some strings like you say you can'.
"We're in a situation where we need a little bit of strengthening on the pitch but there are no finances available.
"I'll try to wheel and deal and if I can assist Brian, that's what I'll do.
"If we can, we want to try to stay in this division this season, that would be my priority.
"At the moment, it's not looking as though we're capable of getting through this dog fight."
Dealing with the likes of Ricky Hatton and former IBF light heavyweight title holder Clinton Woods have equipped him for the change in sport, according to Hobson.
"Football's always been in my blood. I've a good understanding of football," he said.
"I've got an understanding of how sportsmen work and I've got contacts, that's more the point.
"I know how to negotiate.
"I know quite a few people in football. Quite a few footballers like boxing and I know a few footballers through boxing.
"Ken Bates isn't everyone's cup of tea but I've always hit it off with him.
"I've got some relationships with some characters at football clubs and that could open one or two doors for us and assist us.
"It's just a matter of deciding what role we all agree I play.
"I would like to assist the club, I'd prefer to describe it that way, and I'll assist in every department if I can."
In the long-term, Hobson hasn't ruled out taking over from chairman Steve Wharton, who will step down in the summer.
He is keen to point out though, that he should not be seen as United's equivalent of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
"I wouldn't say no but it's something we'd need to talk about," said Hobson when asked about the chairman's role.
"Nothing fazes me but it's not about titles. It's not an ego thing.
"Once I've thrown my name in the hat or my hat in the ring, then I'm in. I'm a doer not just a talker.
"I'll be an Ian Botham, an all rounder.
"As long as the fans don't think I'm going to come in like an Abramovich and throw money at it, that's not what I'm all about. I'm about wheeling and dealing.
"If I didn't think I could make a difference I wouldn't have got involved.
"I'm not just out to say I'm chairman or a director, it's all about what I'm doing and what difference I'm going to make, that's what I'm about."
Hobson, who is based in Jersey, says Scunthorpe is a club he's "always had a bit of an affinity for".
Although a Sheffield Wednesday fan, with a failed attempt to join the Owls board behind him, he knows both Laws and youth team boss Tony Daws and has business links in Immingham.
The ultimate goal is to get the Iron back into the Championship and he has ambitions of using his promoting experience to help raise the funds to do that by putting on concerts.
"It's making the club a little bit more fashionable and getting more corporate people involved," Hobson explained.
"It brings a few quid into the club, which helps the manager compete at that level and hopefully punch above our weight to get into the Championship.
"It's not just about taking away, it's about adding something.
"No-one's coming in to get rid of anyone. Anyone such as myself is there to add something, hopefully.
"It's not an ego thing, I can get my name in the paper every week through boxing, it's about the achievement. That gives me the buzz."