Football club seeks new chairman

A WEALTHY football fan is being sought by Ryman League Premier Division club Braintree Town to take over as chairman.Current incumbent George Rosling is ready to step down after ten years at the helm at Cressing Road to allow fresh blood to try and take the club into the Nationwide Conference.

By Derek Davis

A WEALTHY football fan is being sought by Ryman League Premier Division club Braintree Town to take over as chairman.

Current incumbent George Rosling is ready to step down after ten years at the helm at Cressing Road to allow fresh blood to try and take the club into the Nationwide Conference.

The Essex club has suffered a poor start to the season and the directors want to be able to start matching some of the salaries paid by rival clubs.


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They currently sit fifth bottom in the Premier Division and will only be guaranteed a spot in the newly-formed Conference South division next season - one division below the Conference itself - if they finish in the top 14.

Although The Iron own their 4,000-capacity stadium in the heart of Braintree and are debt-free, they need extra revenue to push them up the pyramid and the new chairman would be expected to invest between £20,000 and £50,000 initially.

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Director Barry Shepherd last night revealed the board had unanimously decided to advertise for a new chairman.

He told the EADT: "George has done an excellent job as chairman but feels it is time for someone else to take the club on. He will stay as a director, as we all will, but we feel it is imperative to bring someone else in.

"Any one of us could step in as chairman if needed but we realise that if someone was going to invest in the club they would probably want to be chairman.

"We all want to stay on and help and support any new people but we feel we have taken the club as far as we can for the moment so we need some one that can provide a fresh impetus and finance.

"We have seen how clubs like Canvey and Hornchurch can really blossom with the right person and we feel we have everything in place to be able to get into the Conference but we need that bit extra."

The club are to advertise in the EADT, a Sunday national newspaper next week, and a non-league paper and Mr Shepherd hopes they can attract a wealthy fan.

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