HUCKNALL Town coach Jamie Brough has emerged as the shock new owner of troubled local-derby rivals, Eastwood Town.
A company fronted by Brough (34), who has spent the past season as first-team coach under manager Tommy Brookbanks, will take over at Coronation Park on June 1.
It is understood that he will also install a new manager in former Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town and Mansfield Town defender Craig Armstrong (35), who is a personal friend.
The surprise move came about after the decision by current Eastwood owner, Bulwell-based businessman Rob Yong, to put the club up for sale for £1.
This followed a controversial move by the Conference to bar The Badgers from competing in the Blue Square North promotion play-offs because, if they won them, their ground would not be up to the standard required in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Chairman Tony Minnis also announced his intention to step down. And last weekend, manager Paul Cox resigned too. Now Brough and his associates are rubberstamping the relevant legal documentation for the takeover.
Brookbanks has already identified two new coaches he would like to bring in to replace Brough at Watnall Road.
“Jamie has done a good job, working for nothing,” said the Hucknall boss. “We wish him all the best at Eastwood.”