Non-league football team Wythenshawe Town have appointed a new owner who hopes to secure promotion into the English Football League (EFL).
Chris Eaton, the club’s chairman, took ownership of Wythenshawe Town on Wednesday and aims to emulate the successes of nearby Salford City and Fleetwood Town.
Mr Eaton will take a hands-on role in the running of the club as they seek to rise through the ranks of English football.
He said: “I do this now for a living and am down at the club every day.
“You’ll find at a lot of non-League football clubs the chairman is part-time because they’re still working or running a business. This is my business; this is my life.”
The south Manchester club currently top the First Division South of the North West Counties League, the 10th tier of the English football pyramid.
The club’s long-term target is to reach the EFL, which starts at League Two, the fourth tier of the football pyramid.
The club is on a run of good form, winning their last games 5-0, 5-1 and 8-0, and they consider themselves favourites to win the league.
Wythenshawe is the hometown of footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford, and the club pledged to deliver packed lunches to children over half-term.
The club secured permission to build a new hospitality suite, The Townhouse, which will also be made available for community use.
Wythenshawe Town’s next game is at home to North Ferriby FC at 3pm on October 31. Tickets are £5 on the gate.