22nd Oct, 2019

Town closing in on new set-up

Stratford Editorial 17th May, 2018

STRATFORD Town believe they will be in a position to confirm a new board structure and new manager within the next two weeks.

The club confirmed they are in an “advanced stage of negotiations” with a consortium of businessmen led by former Solihull Moors director Steve Shipway.

A statement from the club’s present board said they are confident an agreement will be concluded shortly.

It is anticipated once the new investors are in place a successor to Carl Adams will be announced.

Adams, the club’s most successful manager, resigned last week and took over at Rugby Town after being left frustrated by the uncertainty over the future plans.

The club’s update said: “We have made some excellent progress and are at an advanced stage of negotiations with a group of local, football loving businessmen led by Steve Shipway, with all parties sharing the same exciting vision for our club’s future.

“We plan to appoint new board members to join the existing board members in a move which will bring substantial additional strengths and skill sets to the commercial, operational and football acumen of the club’s boardroom team.

“Regards the vacant first team managers position, the club have been overwhelmed by the volume and quality of approaches we have received from interested parties which underlines just how attractive our club is to prospective managers and coaches even prior to advertising the post.

“We anticipate the conclusion of the new board structure and the appointment of a new first team manager to be made within the next two weeks, so for all Town supporters there is the promise of some exciting times ahead.”

Meanwhile, the FA non-League bosses have confirmed Stratford will feature in the new Midlands-based Step Three league next season alongside the likes of Tamworth, Stourbridge and Redditch United.

The 22-team Central Division, organised by the Southern League, includes nine teams from the Southern Premier, plus nine moved from the Northern Premier and Isthmian League. Alvechurch, Bedworth United and AFC Rushden & Diamonds have been promoted.

The league structure, from the FA Leagues Committee, comprises:

Step 3 – Southern League Central 2018/19:

AFC Rushden & Diamonds; Alvechurch; Barwell; Bedworth United; Biggleswade Town; Coalville Town; Halesowen Town; Hednesford Town; Hitchin Town; Kettering Town; King’s Lynn Town; Leiston; Lowestoft Town; Needham Market; Redditch United; Royston Town; Rushall Olympic; St Ives Town; St Neots Town; Stourbridge; Stratford Town; Tamworth.

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