Skrill North club Workington’s new chairman has said he is determined to see the Reds rise from the chaos which engulfed it this week.
Lifelong fan Glenn Heathcote, 56, replaced Humphrey Dobie as chairman in what has been branded one of the blackest weeks in Workington AFC’s recent history.
Heathcote was born in Harrington and sat on his grandfather’s shoulders to watch Ken Furphy’s Reds side win promotion to the old Third Division in 1964.
He is managing director of maritime instrument manufacturer Lilley & Gillie. He now lives in the North East and is a relative of Workington councillor John Heathcote, who died in 2008.
Heathcote, who became a club director in June, said he wanted to instill enthusiasm and professionalism throughout the club’s ranks.
He said: “I want a football club to be proud of. The fans, everyone connected with Workington AFC, and the town itself, deserve it. If we pull in the same direction, it can and will happen.
“Football is different to most businesses, but I will be running Workington like any other company.
“Workington Reds is down in the dumps right now, but we are working on a plan to see things improve.”
He said he was already working on a business plan to help Workington improve and has offered hope to the disgruntled fans who were unhappy with how this week’s embarrassing saga was handled.
Heathcote has been in business for thirty-five years and paid tribute to his predecessor. He said: “Humphrey’s hard work, dedication, loyalty and financial input has been crucial to Workington AFC, and will never be forgotten.
“Everyone connected to the club owes him a massive thank you for all his years of service and the effort he has put in. The last few days have been extremely hectic, and if it’s always like this, then Humphrey has been a Trojan over the last fourteen years.
“Humphrey will be a hard act to follow, but I am determined to make Workington a success.”