Departing Linnets owner Buster Chapman has no regrets after ending his six-year love affair with the football club.
Chapman, who won the bid for a 25-year lease at the council-owned Walks Stadium back in 2010, said: “We’ve put a lot of hard work into it and it’s been a hard six years – an enjoyable six years.
“But over the last year with all the other pressures I’ve had with speedway, the (BSPA) chairmanship and other issues around life I’ve found this last year very difficult.
“I thought the best thing I could do is move over and let someone else, who has got the ambition and passion, to take the club further. That’s what I’ve done.”
During Mr Chapman’s tenure, the club, under the guidance of manager Gary Setchell, after two promotions are now playing in the Step Three Southern League Premier Division.
Chapman added: “We wanted to make sure the club was left in good hands.
“I’ve worked things through with Steve (Cleeve, new owner) and I think it’s the best way for the club to go. Everything about my life in the last two years has gone crazy and at my age I should be getting less work, not more. Something had to give.
“Obviously I’ve got to have a social life and family life, I’ve got grandchildren, and that was getting less and less.
“It is a big commitment to run a football club and I don’t think people realise the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes.”