THE chairman of Hucknall Town Football Club has resigned as they nudged closer to solving their financial crisis this week.
As reported in last week’s Dispatch, Town are on the brink of finalising a rescue deal after being landed with a VAT debt of up to £75,000.
Yesterday (Thursday), club officials were still waiting to be given the official thumbs-up from the VAT office. But inspectors at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) held urgent talks on Wednesday and a decision is known to be imminent.
However chairman Gamble has announced that he is to step down to make way for fresh blood when the club is re-structured.
Former referee Gamble (54) stepped up from vice-chairman to succeed Brian Holmes in the Town hotseat two years ago. Holmes later became president.
But his tenure has coincided with a disastrous period for the club in which their financial predicament off the field has been matched by continued decline on the field, culminating in relegation last season.
He has also endured serious health problems, suffering two strokes and undergoing a lifesaving operation at the end of 2009.
In a statement, Gamble said: “I feel I cannot give the position the attention it deserves due to a very busy professional life, coupled with my recent health problems.
“I have made a lot of friends at the club and on my travels around the country visiting other clubs. I wish the club well in the future and, of course, I will help whenever and wherever I can.”
Town hope to have a successor lined up by the time of the club’s annual general meeting on Sunday July 24.
Chief executive Liz Morley said: “We would like interested people to come forward. We are looking for someone with a strong business background but also with a good network of local connections.
“We are not necessarily looking for one person to come in and throw lots of money at the club. We don’t really want that to happen ever again. From now on, the club will be run on the budget it generates.”
Town have received an overwhelming response to a public appeal for help to settle their debts. More than £57,000 has been offered in pledges.