Southport have announced that Ian Kyle has made an investment and has joined the Board of the Vanarama National League North club.
Kyle is a partner in and joint owner of Liverpool-based law firm, Irvings Law, and has clocked up 19 years of service with the firm. He was also a director and joint shareholder of QM Legal Costs Solutions Limited when it was sold in 2015.
Kyle grew up as part of a large footballing family; raised the eldest of three brothers in Liverpool. Involved in the sport from an early age, he played in the local youth leagues across Liverpool on weekends and was a triallist at Tranmere Rovers before discussing a YTS apprenticeship with Manchester City, although chose to follow his education instead.
After a break from football to study for his degree, he played for over 10 years with Liverpool Ramblers FC, based at Moor Lane in Crosby.
Ian’s youngest brother Richard holds the highest UEFA qualification possible, the UEFA pro licence, and has risen to first-team coach at Blackpool, recently enjoying his first successful trip to Wembley in the play-off final.
With his passion and knowledge of both business and football, Kyle is excited to be part of Southport Football Club, and hopes to grow and strengthen the club for its fans: “I look forward to becoming a regular at Haig Avenue with my wife Claire and our children. I’ve received a warm welcome from everybody I have spoken at the club since I first approached James a month ago. It is very much my intention to bring to Southport my love and knowledge of football, along with the business acumen that has enabled me to be a part of two very successful and profitable local legal firms over the last 20 years.”
James Treadwell said: “We welcome Ian to the club and thank him for his initial investment in new share capital of £125,000. Ian brings further knowledge and experience to our board as well as a fresh view on our current and future position. The new Board of Directors have now made investment and sponsorship pledges which amount to over £300,000 in total. This puts us in a great position to make progress on development projects at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.”
The Board of directors would like to confirm that they have not to date received an offer from Phil Hodgkinson which would see any immediate introduction of funds to the club. However, a date for a proposed meeting between the board and Hodgkinson is currently being discussed.
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