JAMIE Brough has announced he is standing down as owner and manager of Eastwood Town – as a new regime looks set to take over.
Brough says he and his management team are walking away after a consortium he says is headed by Staffordshire businessman Steve Lynch agreed to buy the club, though a group led by supporters is also thought to be a possible buyer.
Mr Lynch had initially been announced as becoming a major shareholder before last weekend’s FA Cup tie against Evesham United, although that initial deal later fell through.
But with other interested parties since having pulled out of a potential deal, Brough expects the new owners to be in place by this weekend’s trip to FC Halifax Town, possibly with a new manager too.
He said: “I’m stepping down from my position in light of the fact new owners are set to be in place by the weekend, though even should that deal collapse I will still be leaving.
“I’ve met with various potential owners and supporters over the last week, and a deal has been put forward with a consortium who have finances available and are committed to taking Eastwood Town forward and making it very much a community club, which is what a number of fans wanted.”
Brough said he had found it very difficult to continue at Eastwood after recent events and that his job had been made harder by those in and around the club.
“There has been a lot of back-stabbing going on from within the club and with many supporters also making things difficult it made my job impossible,” he said.
“The club needs rebuilding throughout. I take a lot of responsibility for the communication between ourselves and the fans being poor during my tenure, in relation to things like the website and so on.
“But there are other factors and people that have made things a lot worse than they could have been.”
Brough also felt Saturday’s FA Cup exit to Evesham United wasn’t helped by the off-field uncertainty, claiming he and the players were only told just before kick-off that a deal to buy the club had fallen through.
He said: “Everyone was pretty upbeat because it seemed a deal was done and the future secured, but then we were told it had fallen through and we were all absolutely dumbfounded.
“That seemed to reflect in the performance we put in.”
No official news had been released by Eastwood Town FC before the Advertiser went to press on Thursday morning.
Keep an eye on www.eastwoodadvertiser.co.uk for any potential developments over the coming days.