The announcement of a Stockport County takeover has ended months if not years of speculation as the Club confirmed the the sale of the Hatters to local businessman, Mark Stott.
Born and raised in Stockport, Stott is the founder and CEO of Cheshire-based Vita Group. He is also a lifelong football supporter.
Mark has indicated that his first priority as new owner will be to rigorously assess the Club’s needs and priorities, with an immediate focus on working with the management to identify improvements to football operations and match day fan experience.
“I am excited by the opportunity that lies ahead to support Stockport County FC to fulfil its great potential both on and off the pitch, by creating a more sustainable model for the future of this historic football club that includes deepening its longstanding ties with the local community.
“Throughout all of the ups and downs it has faced over the years, the Club and its supporters have always shown immense character and resilience, which is one of the many things that makes Stockport County FC a unique community club. With persistence, financial stability and the right long-term plan, I have no doubt that the players, staff and fans can achieve great things together.”
Chairman Richard Park said:
“It is no secret that there has been interest in Stockport County FC from a number of potential local and international investors since the Club returned to profitability in 2016-17.
“It was important for us to find a new owner who had a passion and long-term vision for the club. Mark has shared a vision for Stockport County FC that preserves the values and identity of this community-based Club, while enabling long-term sustainability and success on and off the pitch.
“We share Mark’s ambitions for the future of Stockport County FC and are pleased to be entrusting the Club to him at such a critical moment in its history.”
Following the sale, Richard Park will become Non-Executive Chairman and Chris Brammall will join the Board as Non-Executive Director. Jim Gannon will remain as Manager with the full support of the new Board. The Club will continue to play at Edgeley Park as it has done since 1902.
Stockport County FC can confirm that the transaction will leave the Club in a stable financial position and with zero debt.
Mark has passed all necessary FA approvals and we hope to have the National League approval imminently.