Blue Square Bet
Published 9th July 2012
The double-glazing businessman made the announcement late last week.
He said: “After months of agonising, I have finally come to a decision, that in the best interests of Billericay Town Football Club, I offer it for sale.
"Apart from the normal day to day running costs, the club is virtually debt free.” He adds: “I just want to let you know that my wife Sharon and I are not walking away from the club.
“We’ll remain for however long it takes to find the right person to take this fine football club forward to the next level.”
Kent bought the club from shipping businessman Rod Moore in January 2004. He has brought financial stability and his main legacy will be the terrific clubhouse he leaves behind at New Lodge. But he has recently said that new investment would be needed if the playing budget is to be increased following last season’s promotion.
Kent’s first season in charge ended in disappointment as Justin Edinburgh’s side missed out on the top-half-of-the table spot needed to secure a spot in the newly-formed Conference South.
But that was finally put right last season as the current Town side – managed by Craig Edwards – won the Ryman League Premier Division and were promoted to the second tier of the non-League game.
Edwards is the fifth full-time manager Kent has brought to the club, and begins his pre-season programme at Waltham Forest on Saturday.