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Nuneaton Borough: Nick Hawkins quits as owner of National League North club

Nicky Eaden (left) was Nuneaton manager when new owner Nick Hawkins arrived on 2 November

Nuneaton Borough owner Nick Hawkins has left the financially-challenged National League North club – after just three months in charge.

The former non-league footballer took over at Liberty Way on 2 November.

But, having been 21st when he arrived, they are now bottom, 15 points from safety with 13 games left and in danger of relegation to the seventh tier.

With debts believed to be about £100,000, the club are looking to find 10 local investors at £10,000 per head.

Boro, founder members of the Alliance Premier League in 1979, the original fifth division, had been under threat of going out of business for the second time in just over 10 years when Hawkins took over.

Former Nottingham Forest trainee Hawkins, who runs a refurbishment company, came in to rescue them.

But a statement issued on Tuesday said that he had “taken the club as far as he could” and that the “future of the club would be best served in the hands of people from Nuneaton”.

Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite also owns Nuneaton’s Liberty Way ground, which he bought in June 2018

Nuneaton’s club statement

That statement continued: