Grant Gordon launches Billericay Town takeover
FORMER Billericay Town manager Grant Gordon has taken the club over after buying up 60 per cent of current owner Steve Kent's shares.
And he admits he'll spend more time in the dugout than the boardroom.
Gordon, widely respected in top non-league as a coach and manager, only returned to the club two weeks ago to help out manager Craig Edwards with his new promoted Conference side but within a week decided to buy the controlling interest at New Lodge.
"I had the financial resources to do it and Billericay Town have always been my club so I felt it would be good move, give the club more stability for the future," said Gordon.
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"Steve has done a fantastic job for the club and he will carry on in just the same way as chairman.
"I'm not into titles, so that side doesn't worry me because I'm a football man through and through and I'll carry on helping Craig and his two assistants exactly the same as when he first asked me to come back to the club," he continued.
"So, yes, I shall be in the dugout and not in the boardroom on match days."
Gordon, who ended up managing Thurrock last season, left the club's management set-up back in 2009 having first joined the Blues in 2006 to help the then manager Matt Jones.
"I'm thrilled to take over the club and I'll be helping Steve to try and bring more commercial support and hopefully some investment to the club – for example, we have not first team shirt sponsor so far this season," he explained.
"Everyone knows it's economically difficult out there at present but we'll be working to generate new cash for the club, improve its position both and off the field and move the club forward in a sensible way.
"The club has a tremendous group of loyal supporters so the backing is there on the terraces as I know from my times with the club in recent years," Gordon continued.
"Obviously, the immediate plan is to help Craig strengthen his side so that they can stay in this league. This is crucial, with Steve and others having worked so hard to get this far."