BRIGHOUSE Town hope changes off the pitch will bolster their push for success on it.
Chris Lister has become the first chief executive of the ambitious Northern Counties East League club, with Ray McLaughlin taking over his duties as chairman at the Dual Seal Stadium.
McLaughlin, who steps up from vice-chairman, explained: “Chris has become a little uncomfortable with his title of chairman because he’s unable to get to as many games and committee meetings as he would like due to commitments in running his own business.
“During that time I have gradually taken on more of the day-to-day duties of the chairman, allowing Chris to concentrate on areas like finances and sponsorship.
“We have decided to formalise this arrangement and assign the titles to more reflect the actual duties we perform. On this basis, Chris will assume the new title of chief executive officer and I will now be chairman.
“This will hopefully even out the workload without really affecting the running of the club, and secretary Malcolm Taylor has agreed to making himself the first contact point for all matters concerning the club, which should help both Chris and myself as we both work full-time.
“We also have a fantastic hard-working committee, and we see ourselves as a team off the pitch working together to give the team on the pitch the best possible chance of being successful.”
Manager Paul Quinn’s side aim to build on the club’s historic first-ever FA Cup victory – 3-2 at Silsden in Saturday’s extra preliminary round tie – when they return to NCEL Premier Division action at home to Tadcaster Albion on Saturday.
Town are 13th in the fledgling top-flight table after a win and a defeat in their opening games.