The gaffer on the club’s new ownership – looking ahead to 2023/24 as our pre-season prep begins this evening at Garstang.
Ken and Graham did a fantastic job for the club for a long, successful period. Coping with Covid, the loss of revenue and drop in crowds, finances became more and more difficult. They decided it was time to hand over the club, which itself was a very tough decision, but one they acknowledged was in the long-term interests of Chorley FC.
Prince, the new owner, and his team have brought an incredible energy to the football club. From day one they set out their exciting and innovative plans, had meetings with myself asking exactly what I needed. Before I could blink they were trying to sort these things out.
The players had a meeting with everyone and were buzzing with everything they heard. Again, they were asking what the players needed, some of which is already in place heading into pre-season.
They are pro-active and do things differently in a really positive, vibrant way and are invested in all aspects of the club. Community is a big priority; trying to build on what’s been put together over the last decade and reach out even further to the local community. We have seen the start of that with our first girls team announced last week.
Building closer relationships with the fans, making sure they have the best experience not only on match days but also on a day-to-day basis .This will have a massive impact in moving the club forward.
"I’m excited for the future of the football club and it’s great that I have a big part to play. The budget has increased a little for now, as they get to grips with all the club’s finances. The new ownership team are really keen we don’t lose our identity of mucking in, rolling our sleeves up and then reaping the rewards of any success. It’s our DNA as Chorley FC."
We are all on this journey together. The more people we get on board the more success we’ll have. There is an energy about the club. It’s an exciting time to be a Magpie.