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Rawden and Kirkham Step Up

First Team manager Paul Rawden has informed the board of directors of his intentions to step away from the dugout. Fortunately for the club a decision has been reached that will see Paul step into the board room and take on the current vacant chairman’s position.

Steve Kirkham will take on the management position of the first team. The immediate priority is to bring in some fresh faces and help drive the club away from the current league position.

Paul added “when the call came to help in the summer it was always my intention to not continue in the dugout for too long , it was vital to implement a plan and I feel stage one is now ready to hand over to Steve. He has some great ideas and that desire required to do well for the football club he has been with me since the start of pre season and he knows I will be here to help him achieve our goals which is firstly survival at the level we are currently at , it is a time consuming role as a manager and one in which needs some backing in a different form which I can now implement.

My new role will enable us to look at the club as a whole and to make inroads in bridging the gap from the youth section into senior football, which is vital for clubs like ours, and also try to increase matchday revenue streams to enable us to compete with the financial demands of operating at this level of football.

I feel my time in the dugout has come to an end permanently as I am now fully focused on helping grow the club with in the community.

The wonderful fans I’m sure will get behind Steve and the players as we continue our journey together.”

Current interim chair Sophie Cope added “ I’m delighted to have Paul on board and taking over as chairman. It’s something we have spoken about on numerous occasions. He has a lot of contacts in football and has a business background. He shares the vision of the current board in helping the club to become self sustainable in the long term and has the time and dedication needed to take on the responsibility of leading this football club forward.“

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