George Dowell’s vision for Worthing Football Club remains as strong as ever – and he hopes to be in National South within three years.

Club owner Dowell stepped down as Worthing chairman at the weekend – to be replaced by Pete Stone – but he was quick to point out the move is to accelerate the club forward off the pitch. With managing director Calvin Buckland, Dowell had been overseeing all off-the-pitch issues and he feels Stone will help drive the club forward.

When Dowell took control of the club three years ago, he set a five-year goal to be in National South. While he admits the pitch problems earlier this season may push the plan back a year, he is as ambitious as ever and said: “Everyone knows our five-year plan. Because of the start of this season, it’s probably put us back a year but the plan in the next three seasons will be to get promotion.

“Our form has been brilliant since Hinsh (manager Adam Hinshelwood) came in. With the team he’s put together – if he keeps them all for next season – I think we will have a real chance of pushing and finishing in the play-off places, if not higher.

“But we need to improve off the pitch if we want to improve on the pitch. The better-organised you are off the pitch will help on the pitch, with maybe increased budgets and whatever else.”

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