Patrick Chambers, who co-founded Coldseal Windows and grew it into a £100 million turnover business, and his wife Nicky, have taken the reigns at Gloucester City AFC.
The arrival of the couple will mark the end of the club's near three-decade-long relationship with Gloucestershire businessman Eamonn McGurk, whose support enabled it to survive after the floods of 2007 destroyed its home ground at Meadow Park.
McGurk also engineered the team's successful return to a new stadium at the Meadow Park site in September 2020, working closely with Alex Petheram, with both stepping down from their co-chairman roles.
Patrick said: ‘The opportunity to grow the club, both on and off the pitch was just too tempting to turn down.
‘The facilities are second to none and with some hard work and sound strategic decisions we can make this club huge together and fan engagement is a big priority for myself as chairman.’
Patrick was chairman of Vanarama National League South side Hungerford Town FC until stepping down at the start of January 2023. Working alongside Nicky, the club's commercial manager, the pair saw a growth in match attendances during their four-year tenure.
Petheram said: ‘The final details of the takeover will be signed over the next three months.
‘I’m certain both Patrick and Nicky can add the much-needed stability. They’ll bring the fans, the city, and the community together in a way that will no doubt give the football club the springboard it needs for success.’
With 23 years remaining on the current leasehold agreement, McGurk, whose business empire includes plant hire firm Keyway, and Petheram remain in talks over the potential sale of the freehold of Meadow Park and confirm they have every intention of remaining fans of the National League North club and attending matches.