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Stockport County no news on new Chairman after Lord Snape resigned

It's now nearly a week since Lord Peter Snape stepped down as chairman of Stockport County and resigned from the board of directors.

The 71-year-old helped County reach an agreement with Cheshire Sport to run their Edgeley Park home on a day-to-day basis in November 2012.

"I feel the time is right for someone else to come forward and try to bring some long term stability to the club," he told Stockport's website last week.

Stockport were playing League One as recently as 2009-10 but serious financial problems have contributed to their fall to the sixth tier of English football.

Lord Snape continued: "This has been a difficult decision to make and I am very sad to be stepping down. I wish to thank the staff, the board of directors and the fans who have supported me over the last two and a half years.

"It has been a difficult time at Stockport County since dropping out of the Football League, but this feels like the right time for me to step aside.

"Despite our difficulties, I am very honoured to have been able to lead the club that I have supported all my life, and I will always be a County fan first and foremost."

A former railwayman, Lord Snape, 71, watched his first Stockport County game in 1948.  He became a peer in 2004 having served as Labour MP for West Bromwich East from 1974 to 2001.

He was a Government whip from 1979 to 1997 and in opposition was spokesman for defence, home affairs and transport.

Last year he successfully concluded a deal with Brian Kennedy to hand the day-to-day running of Edgeley Park back to Stockport County.

Chief Executive Ryan McKnight said: “We are very grateful to Lord Snape for his leadership during these recent difficult years at Stockport County.  He has been a County fan for more than six decades and I know how much it has meant to him to lead his hometown club.

Lord Peter Snape has stepped down as chairman of Stockport County and resigned from the board of directors.

The 71-year-old helped County reach an agreement with Cheshire Sport to run their Edgeley Park home on a day-to-day basis in November 2012.

"I feel the time is right for someone else to come forward and try to bring some long term stability to the club," he told Stockport's website.

The Hatters are currently 16th in the Conference North table.

Stockport were playing League One as recently as 2009-10 but serious financial problems have contributed to their fall to the sixth tier of English football.

Lord Snape continued: "This has been a difficult decision to make and I am very sad to be stepping down. I wish to thank the staff, the board of directors and the fans who have supported me over the last two and a half years.

"It has been a difficult time at Stockport County since dropping out of the Football League, but this feels like the right time for me to step aside.

"Despite our difficulties, I am very honoured to have been able to lead the club that I have supported all my life, and I will always be a County fan first and foremost."

A former railwayman, Lord Snape, 71, watched his first Stockport County game in 1948.  He became a peer in 2004 having served as Labour MP for West Bromwich East from 1974 to 2001.

He was a Government whip from 1979 to 1997 and in opposition was spokesman for defence, home affairs and transport.

Last year he successfully concluded a deal with Brian Kennedy to hand the day-to-day running of Edgeley Park back to Stockport County.

Chief Executive Ryan McKnight said: “We are very grateful to Lord Snape for his leadership during these recent difficult years at Stockport County.  He has been a County fan for more than six decades and I know how much it has meant to him to lead his hometown club.

“The search now begins for a new chairman who can take the club forward and there is obviously an opportunity to link this position to new financial investment.  We have no plans to appoint an interim chairman.”


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