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Stockport County Appoint Former fcbusiness Editor as CEO

Tue 15th Jan 2013 | Football Club Management

Former fcbusiness Editor, Ryan McKnight, has today been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of Blue Square Bet Premier League side, Stockport County.

McKnight will combine the role with operating as the Chief Executive of the World Football Academy: UK, working alongside leading coaches Raymond Verheijen and Guus Hiddink, becoming the youngest CEO in UK football in the process.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, he said: “This is an exceptional opportunity and I am extremely happy Spencer Fearn and the board of directors are taking a ‘football specific’ approach to their recruitment, something I will continue.

“For many years, I have observed and analysed the game and industry, lobbied for improvements, and now I have the chance to help a great club develop, as we look to build something special and eventually return Stockport County back to the Football League.

“The club has huge potential, a strong and passionate supporter base and owners with the required vision to make the supporters’ dreams a reality.”

Former colleague, fcbusiness Deputy Editor, Aaron Gourley, said of McKnight's appointment: "We're really proud that Ryan has been given this opportunity. He is really passionate about football and the way it is run.

"We wish him well in his new role as CEO of Stockport County and we're sure he'll bring them the success they deserve."

McKnight will be present at this evening’s game at Edgeley Park, where Stockport County will face Mansfield Town, and UK football’s previous youngest Chief Executive, Carolyn Still, ahead of Saturday’s home game with Forest Green Rovers.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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