Gosport Borough will have a new chairman at the helm when they return to the EVO-STIK League Southern.

Tony Stares, the relegated National League South club’s legendary keeper in the 1980s and current academy manager, was unveiled on Saturday as the successor to Mike Hook at Privett Park.

In a statement announcing his appointment with immediate effect, Boro officials said Stares, pictured, would continue to run their academy while “looking to steer the club back onto an even keel after the financial difficulties of last season and the subsequent relegation”.

The shake-up following the recent exit of Hook also saw Brian Cosgrave named this weekend as a new life president of the club in recognition of his 27 years as general secretary. Mike Buxton, who has a wealth of experience at both the Bournemouth Youth League and Hampshire FA, succeeds Cosgrave.

The Boro won promotion to Conference South for the first time in their history in 2013 via the EVO-STIK League Southern’s play-off with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Hemel Hempstead Town after a fifth-placed finish to the campaign.

Source: www.evostikleaguesouthern.co.uk

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