Southport director Phil Hodgkinson will be leaving the club, both as a Director and shareholder, with a view to his taking over as Chairman and majority shareholder at Huddersfield Town, once the necessary approvals have been received.

Director Ian Kyle said, “It is with a very heavy heart that everyone at Southport Football Club says goodbye to Phil, whilst at the same time wishing him all the very best of luck at Huddersfield. For me personally, I have worked hand in hand with Phil on a daily basis for the last 20 months or so, and enjoyed every minute of it.

“The texts from Phil usually start at around 7am most days, and this is indicative of the passion and drive that he has had for this club. When I first met Phil it was by way of a meeting between him and the then Board to try and unite everyone who had the best interests of the club at heart after a summer of turmoil.

“I was in no doubt, from the first minute of that meeting, that Phil wanted nothing but the very best for the club.”

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