Badgers to unveil new club owners

Lindon Meikle has signed for Mansfield along with Lee Stevenson.
Lindon Meikle has signed for Mansfield along with Lee Stevenson.

EASTWOOD Town’s new owners and management will be unveiled to fans next week as the job of building a new future for the club gets underway in earnest.

Despite a deal having been done earlier this month to buy the Coronation Park outfit, the identity of the new owners has been kept largely under wraps.

But in a week when two of only three players who were offered terms to stay at the club next season instead opted to join their former boss Paul Cox at Mansfield Town, fans will be keen to hear exactly what is in store on the playing side and behind the scenes for next season and beyond.

Lindon Meikle and Lee Stevenson, both key parts of Eastwood’s excellent second-half of the season, have both signed for the Stags for undisclosed fees after deciding their futures lay away from Coronation Park.

Meikle told Mansfield’s official website the chance to work with his former boss once more was too good to turn down, ending a long association with the Badgers which started when he joined the club’s youth team as a 16-year-old.

He said: “You’ve only got to look at what Paul Cox has done since joining Eastwood and the standard has gone up massively.

“The club was not run very well back then and the standard was poor so he has left the club a lot better off than when he found it.

“I’ve been with Paul since I was 16 or 17 and I’m delighted to have got the opportunity to work with him again. I know what I will get from him and he knows what he will get from me.”

Cox is also expected to take his assistant manager Richard Cooper to Field Mill, while defender Adie Hawes is now the only player left at Eastwood who had been offered a new deal, with every other member of the squad told their contracts would not be renewed.

Centre-half David Haggerty is reportedly set to sign for FC Halifax Town, with all other squad members from last season are also now expected to find new clubs.

Revealed

The identity of Eastwood’s new board and management team will bring to an end speculation among fans as to who will take over with the club having issued very few details since a deal was agreed.

Jamie Brough, who has playing experience with Sutton Town and has most recently been coaching with Hucknall, is the only name officially released, though his eventual role at Eastwood is currently unclear.

Constitution

Meanwhile, the Football Association have released the provisional list of clubs that will make up the Blue Square Bet North next season.

Welsh side Colwyn Bay and FC Halifax Town have been promoted from the Evo-Stik Premier Division, while dropping down from the Blue Square Premier are Altrincham, Southport and Histon, who, being based in Cambridge, will be the southernmost team in the division next year.

The constitution will be confirmed in June and is subject to change due to issues surrounding current Blue Square Premier side Rushden & Diamonds, which could result in a reprieve for Southport should Eastwood’s FA Trophy victims from last season go out of business.