JUST six weeks after the curtain came down on the Manchester League season, Jon Lyons, the manager of ambitious Prestwich Heys is gearing up for a title bid.
Heys, who were fourth in the Premier Division last season, return to training on Saturday (12.30pm) determined to build on their best finish since 2007.
Not only has Lyons retained all of last season’s squad and identified a number of targets to further strengthen his side, he is also opening his doors at Sandgate Road to any new players who are looking for a new challenge.
Heys will prepare for the league opener on Saturday, August 16, with a six-match pre-season programme of friendlies and Kenyon Cup ties.
Behind the scenes, Heys have set up a a new management structure designed to attract more investment that will secure the club’s immediate future and the funding for ground improvements needed to help fulfil their long stated ambition to progress up the non-league football pyramid.
At the recent annual meeting a new structure was approved that will see the overall management of the club, finance and strategy governed by a management board.
The board, comprising two financial directors – former players and local businessmen Nick Kingston and Mike McMahon – and three trustees – Martin Johnston, Neil Sankey and Stephen Howard – will will provide the framework for day-to-day operations which will continue to be carried out by the committee.
John Carroll remains club chairman working with the board and the committee.
Pre-season fixtures July 15: Kenyon Cup – Radcliffe Town (away) kick-off 7pm.
July 16: Friendly – Maine Road (home) 7.15pm.
July 19: Kenyon Cup – Bolton County (home) 3pm.
July 22: Kenyon Cup – Prestwich FC (home) 7pm.
July 26: Friendly – West Didsbury and Chorlton (home) 3pm; Reserves v Old Stretfordians (away) 2pm.
August 2: Friendly – Stoneclough (away) 2pm.