Championship club Workington Town have appointed John Pleasants as chairman in a full-time capacity after previously being interim chair.
Pleasants returned to the West Cumbria area five years ago after retiring from his role as a global commercial director in the pharmaceutical industry.
He has been a Workington fan for amost 60 years and played rugby union for Workington Zebras in the 70s and 80s.
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On becoming Town chairman, Pleasants said: “I have always been a sport nut, both playing and watching; and to be in my current position is a dream come true, although I don’t underestimate the challenge.
“I believe firmly that we need a new sports stadium for the Town and Reds (FC) if we are to develop fully the potential of both clubs.
“I’m currently a member of the Sports Village project team; so I’m definitely at the sharp end of the process to make the current vision for a stadium and community pitch a reality.
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“I think I have the business skills and people management experience to make a significant contribution to the Town as chairman. But I am also a good listener and am always prepared to listen to other peoples opinions and ideas.
“This season will be a real challenge for us as a club in the Championship, but we are up for the fight; and so long as the fans continue to support us; and believe in what we are doing, then I am sure we can succeed.
“Success for me this year is firstly survival, and with the wind in the right direction; and good home crowds to finish in the top half of the table.
“This year we have to continue to put a solid foundation in place at the club, based on a sensible business strategy that will allow us to keep strengthening the playing squad; and to also be at the heart of the whole community of West Cumbria.”