Ilkeston Town have announced the change of ownership of the club from Alan Hardy to Mark Clifford.

The current head coach, Clifford assumes control just a couple of months after returning to the club he used to play for. He told the club’s website:

“This is an extremely proud day for me and an ambition fulfilled after 25 years in football. I’m going into this with my eyes wide open knowing that there is a lot of hard work ahead to develop our squad and improve our ground.

“As people are aware, my involvement with the club is not limited to the present time, I have also had time at the club as a player in the past. Despite much turmoil over the years, along with the constant threat of extinction, I was pleasantly surprised at the unwavering passion still being shown both within the club and by the supporters.

“For this reason, along with my own personal ambition, I decided to use a network of my contacts to try securing help in purchasing the club, along with moving it forward to where I believe it needs to be. These people have now committed to investing significant funds in order to purchase the club and pay off all outstanding debt.”

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