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Ian Milligan steps down as Stalybridge Celtic chief executive
Saturday 10th December 2016 @ 10:26 by Adam Higgins
Football Sports Stalybridge

Ian Milligan has stepped down as chief executive of Stalybridge Celtic Football Club with immediate effect.

He has been forced to quit for health reasons after a year in the role at the National League North club.

Ian has been described as ‘a phenomenal success’ by the club’s owner Rob Gorski, who said his departure is a ‘massive blow to the club’.

A close friend of Ian’s for 35 years, Rob said it was the ‘saddest’ news he has had to deliver during his stewardship at Bower Fold and has personally ‘hit me deeply’.

There will be a further announcement about changes to the management of the club’s operations early next week.

In a statement on the club’s forum, Rob confirmed Ian will continue to drive the development of the academy and support the board on an informal basis.

He added: “I’m sure that everyone will join me in wishing Ian the very best of health and thank him for his immense contribution in such a short period of time.”

Ian helped Celtic secure Stalybridge’s largest company, paper-based packaging Smurfit Kappa, as a major sponsor for the club.

He also concluded deals with Oldham Rugby League Football Club and Tameside College, with Gorski suggesting his financial impact this year has effectively already added about 22 per cent to the club’s annual turnover.

Ian also led on the recent upgrading of facilities, including the work carried out by Audenshaw company Brother UK on the clubhouse.

Celtic are not in action today (Saturday) because of a lack of match officials, but their game has been arranged for Tuesday night – when they will take on Tameside rivals Curzon Ashton in the quarter-final of the Manchester Premier Cup.

This week’s edition of the Tameside Reporter’s Football Preview was filmed at Bower Fold, focusing on the club’s facilities revamp and upcoming derby clash in the cup.

You can see it in full below…