King's Lynn Town make a new appointment off the field in National League North
King's Lynn Town have announced the appointment of a new commercial/general manager as they look to continue their remarkable progress of the last 12 months.
The National League North leaders have strengthened their team off the pitch by unveiling Mark Hearle in the position at The Walks.
A statement on the club's website said: "The club are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Hearle as the club’s commercial/general manager.
"Mark will need no introduction to many supporters as he has served the club for many seasons as it’s media officer. He will take up his new full-time role on January 8."
On his new position, Hearle said: "It’s a great honour personally for me to be given this opportunity by Stephen (Cleeve) to come on board and work for the club.
"Hopefully I can build many new partnerships with businesses, not only in the town but surrounding areas as well.
"The first priority for myself are to get the remainder of this season’s home games sponsored and to generate more income from the sports bar and the two upstairs lounges.
"They are wonderful, underused facilities that we have at our disposal and we do need to use them more than we have been to generate valuable revenue.
"I will also be assisting in the daily running of the club and making sure that thing’s run as smoothly and professional as is possible.
"I am under no illusions as to the task ahead of me. However we have a very marketable product at The Walks and we must maximise every avenue going forward to ensure that the positivity of the past few seasons is maintained as we continue to move forward."
Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve added: "Mark is a well-respected figure around the club and when he became available for a full-time position we had a chat and came to an agreement that is suitable for us both.
"He knows what he has to doand has already come up with some ideas and leads which he will work on going forward. He is a good organiser as well which will assist us greatly behind the scenes.
"I will continue to source other revenue channels for the club but it has been a huge burden to shoulder on my own.
"Mark will now take some of that away from me, which can only be positive."
Hearle concluded: "I already have a few routes that I am exploring.
"However, if anyone has any leads of companies who may be interested in supporting the club or you are a company interested in becoming involved at The Walks orusing the facilities we have there please contact me initially via an e – mail at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
"Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter at @kltfcmedia
"The door of the office at the ground will always be open to anyone who wishes to come along and have a chat on anything commercially related."
The Linnets, promoted via the Super Play-Off last season, find themselves four points clear at the top of the National League North standings as they look to defy the odds and reach the top tier of the National League.
They completed a memorable festive double with a 3-0 victory over Boston United at the Jakemans Stadium on New Year's Day and host fellow promotion hopefuls Spennymoor Town at The Walks on Saturday.
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