Worksop Town have suffered a crushing financial blow, with the news that owner Jason Clark has left the club.
CEO of data storage company Proact, Clark has bankrolled Tigers since 2010.
A club statement confirmed his departure, and insisted he was leaving them without debt.
“The club would like to thank Jason for all he has done for the club.”
“When Jason took over Worksop Town FC the club were heavily in debt, groundsharing at Ilkeston FC and on the verge of going out of business.”
“He leaves the club after a fantastic season in which the club reached the play-offs and importantly debt free.”
The Chesterfield businessman took over from John Hepworth, with Tigers struggling financially during their exile at Ilkeston.
A further season out of the town followed in Retford, before a groundshare deal was reached with Sandy Lane leaseholder Pete Whitehead to return Tigers to Worksop.
Clark has insisted that he saw no future for himself at the club, without a viable option to secure a permanent home of their own.
Although the lease for Sandy Lane is for sale, the cost is believed to be the prohibitive factor for Clark.
And attempts to secure a new stadium at the Vesuvius development looked dead in the water when the council revealed they were planning a community stadium, something unlikely to meet Tigers’ requirements for Northern Premier League football – or any ambitions to play higher.
Last summer Clark appointed Mark Shaw, the fourth first team manager of his era, and despite initially cutting the budget, Tigers enjoyed their most sucessful season in recent history.
Shaw guided Tigers to the play-offs and the team scored an incredible 146 goals.
Without Clark’s financial clout, it seems unlikely that the club can continue to play at Northern Premier League level at Sandy Lane, and almost certainly leaves last season’s squad looking for new employers.
The club statement said: “The Board of Directors and Supporters Trust Board met tonight to discuss the implications and start to plan for the future.” “Further meetings shall be held in the near future after which further statements shall be made.”