09:20AM, Thursday 12 October 2017
Two days after officially announcing that Lee Ebden was to become chairman, Burnham FC have back-tracked saying the football consultant and former Market Drayton manager would not be taking over the role.
On Monday the club ran a story on its website welcoming new chairman Ebden and manager Alan Paris to the club in a move which was to be seen as a fresh start for the cash-strapped Bucks side.
However, any references to Ebden on the website, and on twitter, have now been deleted.
The club aired the unexpected news on twitter yesterday.
The tweet read: “Burnham FC would like to correct the stories on social media that Lee Ebden is new chairman of club. Lee Ebden has been advising the club in the last couple of weeks and will not be chairman of BFC.”
The embarrassing about-face caught out many, even former chairman Gary Reeves, who is still connected with the club, who had tweeted: “Well done Lee, congrats. See you soon.”
Earlier in the week, club president Malcolm Higton confirmed Ebden’s appointment which came amid rumours of a club takeover.
He said: “I can’t really (give you any information about a possible takeover).
“It’s a new guy (Ebden) who’s coming in as chairman and he’s been talking about it. It’s his fantasy but once again it’s about what is best for the club.
“He’s been down to the club and has talked to everyone about it.
“And he’s done it before apparently when he was managing a club in the midlands.”
The newly-appointed Paris remains as manager of Burnham, who are bottom of the Hellenic League Premier Division.
They are away to Wantage Town on Saturday.
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