EXCLUSIVE - New owner reveals his plans for Bromsgrove Sporting - The Bromsgrove Standard

EXCLUSIVE - New owner reveals his plans for Bromsgrove Sporting

Aaron Sutcliffe 23rd Aug, 2023 Updated: 23rd Aug, 2023   0

INCOMING Bromsgrove Sporting chairman Brian Seymour-Smith has vowed to improve facilities at the club with promotion to the National League North a long-term goal.

Seymour-Smith will replace Mike Burke as Sporting chairman, after the latter agreed to step down from the role, following the club’s match against Stourbridge on August 28.

And Seymour-Smith heads a three-man consortium set to takeover the club alongside Paul Molesworth and Craig Cotterill.

Under the consortium’s proposal, Seymour-Smith is chairman designate, Molesworth director of football and Cotterill commercial director with Graham Scott to stay on as vice-chairman.

And Seymour-Smith, a former director at Bristol Rovers, has promised to improve facilities at the club’s Victoria Ground home.

Seymour-Smith told the Standard: “In some ways, it’s our local club, we’re steeped in football history and the bottom line was we wanted to put a lot of that experience into a local club.

“Football is about enjoyment, we want to make sure the people who come and see Bromsgrove are enjoying the football that they see.

“We want to get it right on the pitch and we want to get it right with the facilities, we want to encourage the whole community to come here.

“We want to see the gates increase, we want to improve the ground and the facilities, that’s important, one stage at a time.

“Football wise, we’d like to try and get promoted to the National League North but it’s one stage at a time, we have to get everything right first before we start pushing for that.”

Seymour-Smith’s imminent appointment brings an end to Burke’s near seven-year reign as chairman following his appointment to the role in October 2016.

And Seymour-Smith hopes to implement positive changes in the near future and will provide funds to improve the playing squad.

Seymour-Smith added: “Bromsgrove have got excellent supporters and some very hard-working volunteers and staff, and that’s the basis, there’s a real team spirit here.

“The team are well behind the manager, we’re well behind the manager, there’s a real belief that things can get better, we’ve had a really warm welcome.

“Our job is to transform that into actions and we’re going to be moving as quickly as we can, we hope to announce a few things over the next few weeks.

“It’s a step at a time, I’ve been looking at the disabled facilities and the open end south side of the ground, we’d like to do something with that.

“We want to put money into the first team and help Macca [Michael McGrath] develop what he’s got there.

“Everything is really positive, it’s understanding what the manager wants, what the fans want and what the staff want.

“And what we can do to make their lives even more exciting watching football matches than it is at the moment.”

Seymour-Smith previously lived in Bromsgrove and is looking to move back to the area having previously worked for Sky Sports for a decade prior to his time with Bristol Rovers.

Molesworth was recently chief scout at League One side Exeter City and counts Liverpool, Swansea City and Bristol Rovers among his former employers while his father and two sons all played for Bromsgrove.

Cotterill played for Birmingham City and Norwich City in his youth before injury curtailed his career and has since worked at the highest levels in the commercial world of golf.

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