Town’s new owner revealed

NADV. New management team member at Harrogate Town Irving Weaver. 110615ARpic6.
NADV. New management team member at Harrogate Town Irving Weaver. 110615ARpic6.

BILL Fotherby has handed control of Harrogate Town to Irving Weaver in the biggest power shift at the club for a decade.

The millionaire businessman - and father of Town head coach Simon - was persuaded to take over after talks with Fotherby who will remain as chairman.

Tad Nowakowski, father of midfielder Adam, joins as a director in order to promote the club’s community links.

Fotherby revealed: “I have taken the club as far as I can take it. Obviously for financial reasons I’ve had to pass it on. When I took over 11 years ago I had a dream of success, building the club and getting us into the Conference. But people in Harrogate have said to me ‘How do you get success?’ Well the answer is money.

“The best thing that I could do for the town and the club was to put it onto somebody who could take it that step further. I think that dream can be realised with Irving Weaver.”

Weaver, who was worth £46 million according the Sunday Times 2009 Rich List, said his first intention was to help the club support itself financially.

“The important thing to note is it’s not ‘new man throws money at it’,” he said.

“Bill said to me would you take the club on? And that’s a very difficult decision because it’s not ideal when you’ve got manager son and father owner.

“And that has been preying on me for six months. It’s not an easy step.

“We ultimately need to get (the club) sustainable so we can be in a financially secure position and that’s not an easy task in this financial climate.”

For an in-depth interview with Irving, Simon and Tad Nowakowski see Friday’s Harrogate Advertiser.