AFC Fylde Chairman David Haythorthwaite has provided an update on the Chief Executive position at the club.

Following Saturday’s game, Jamie Roberts stepped down from his role at the club as Chief Executive.

Joining from Wigan Athletic in the Summer of 2018, Jamie has enjoyed a successful time in the role, but is now pursuing a different challenge.

“Back in September, I spoke with David and explained the situation and we have both been working since then to ensure a smooth transition,” said Jamie.

“Ever since I started at the club, I have been taken aback by the real family bond that exists between the fans, players and staff.”

“A good many clubs pitch themselves as a ‘family club’, but AFC Fylde is one that – in my mind certainly – can certainly lay claim to that particular title,” he concluded.

A Great Servant To The Club

“On behalf of everyone at the club, I want to I thank Jamie for the contribution he has made over the last 18 months,” said David Haythornthwaite.

“Jamie has been a great servant for the club in the short time he has been with us, and has been a great person to work with as well as a true ambassador for the club.”

“We’ve had some great times together, including two Wembley finals in a week last May, which are memories he will have forever.”

“He is always welcome back at the club and we wish him well with his new venture outside of football.”

“We are very lucky to have found a very experienced replacement in Jonty Castle, who will be joining the club at the end of February when he completes his notice with his current club Wigan.”

Shared Passion For Success

“I am really excited by the opportunity that has been presented to me by David, as this is an aspirational football club with fantastic facilities and people,” said Jonty Castle.

“Having previously served with the British Army and subsequently worked in various aspects of sport and business, most recently with Oxford United and Wigan Athletic, I have gained wide-ranging experience in the operations of a football club both on the pitch and off it.”

“My sole ambition is to bring those experiences with me to Mill Farm to help this football club realise its 2022 dream.”

“I have met many of the people involved behind the scenes at the club, as well as Jim Bentley and the coaching staff, and I can sense a shared passion for success from the people here.”

“It was a difficult decision for me to leave Wigan Athletic, however the opportunity to be involved in making the next step in the success of AFC Fylde matches my ambitions and I will work tirelessly to help the club get promoted in to the Football League.”

Look out for an introduction to the new Chief Executive, which will be on the club’s social media channels and website after he has taken up the post.