BREAKING NEWS: Shock as Badgers owner and chairman quit

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EASTWOOD Town’s bizarre season took another dramatic twist on Thursday with the news that owner and benefactor Robert Yong and chairman Tony Minnis are to quit the club.

In a statement on Eastwood’s official website, Minnis announced he and Yong will step down when a suitable buyer for the Badgers has been found, with the club being offered as a ‘going concern’ for £1 and with zero debts.

The pair cited the recent expulsion from the Conference North play-offs as the main reason for their decision.

Minnis’s statement said: “It is with great regret that we have come to this decision. Rob and I have hardly missed a single match over the last four years and there are a number of other individuals in our businesses that have also given up a huge amount of their personal time to help with the running of ETFC.

“However, we have come to the point of no return. We feel we have been put in an untenable position by the Football Conference and Broxtowe Borough Council and there are irreconcilable differences between ourselves and these official bodies. Due to these differences we do not believe our continued ownership is within the best interests of ETFC.”

The statement goes on to list a number of key reasons why the duo felt they could not continue in the role, including the issues surrounding the play-off saga and also the expansion of Coronation Park.

Yong took over the club in 2007 and has pumped a large amount of money into it, in turn being rewarded with promotion to the Blue Square Bet North and two good FA Cup runs. He stood aside as chairman last year with the then managing director Minnis taking over.

Thursday’s shock news comes at the end of a season where the Badgers have risen from the bottom of the league table in October to a top five spot with three games to go - a scenario which fuelled the sudden revelation that Coronation Park was not fit for promotion.

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