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Hawks chairman Hackney steps down


Havant and Waterlooville chairman Marcus Hackney has resigned from his post at the Blue Square South club.

The Southampton businessman, who had been with the Hawks since June 2007, took the decision due to increased pressures in his professional life.

Hackney said: "I'd like to thank the Board and other members of staff at the club for their continued loyal support throughout my time as chairman."

No comment has been made by the club on the now vacant chairman's position.

Hackney, 47, added: "I must say a massive thank you to the supporters of Havant and Waterlooville FC, they have been amazing from the day I took on the job of chairman; always cheering the boys on through the good and bad times that we have in football.

"Lastly, I would like to say thanks to (manager) Shaun Gale, (assistant boss) Charlie Oatway and the team. You are a great set of lads and I will miss the camaraderie that we have had over the past seasons."

Last season, Havant and Waterlooville enjoyed a lucrative FA Cup run, knocking out York City, Notts County and Swansea City before finally suffering a 5-2 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield in the fourth round.

The Hawks are currently 18th in the Blue Square South table, just a point above the relegation zone. They face York City in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy on Saturday.

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