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New chief executive quits the Linnets after just 10 weeks through ill health

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King's Lynn Town FC have been dealt a shock blow before a ball has been kicked in anger in the coming season with the departure of their new chief executive Barrie Pierpoint.

The Linnets released a statment tonight saying that Mr Pierpoint was leaving after just 10 weeks in the job.

The former Leicester City chief executive was unveiled with much fanfare back in May.

New King's Lynn Town CEO Barrie Pierpoint. (58281988)
New King's Lynn Town CEO Barrie Pierpoint. (58281988)

But tonight a club statement said: "King’s Lynn Town FC regret to confirm that Chief Executive, Barrie Pierpoint stood down from his role with effect from today.

"Speaking in an open letter to club staff Barrie said 'most of you know I went into hospital recently after having scans and tests. This has resulted in me having to go into hospital in early August for a major operation'.

"Barrie has confirmed he will be in hospital for over a week and at least eight more weeks of recuperation.

King's Lynn Town owner Stephen Cleeve.. (58281997)
King's Lynn Town owner Stephen Cleeve.. (58281997)

"He went on to say 'I will need to rest and I have decided in the best interest of my health and wellbeing that I will not be carrying on any club or business commitments for several months so I can fully recover. In the meantime I wish the club and it’s supporters all the very best of luck and good wishes for the coming season'.

"The club are grateful for Barrie’s efforts these past 10 weeks since he joined the club."

Club owner and chairman Stephen Cleeve added: “All the staff at the club and I wish Barrie a speedy recovery.”

Going forward corporate matters will be dealt with by Ben Webb, Business Development Executive who can be reached on 07592 018240 and also onBen@KLTown.co.uk. Other club matters should be referred to;office@kltown.co.uk .

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