Cornard United manager Mark Hoskin has spoken of his relief after his bid to take on the new lease at Blackhouse Lane was approved by councillors.
The Thurlow Nunn League First Division side have had a cloud of uncertainty hanging over them after the village’s parish council land owners offered the lease out publicly after falling out on the terms of one with then club owner Chris Symes.
Hoskin, who was born in a house in Great Cornard, received the unanimous backing of the interview panel with his passionate pitch, which includes joining forces with neighbouring Cornard Dynmos Youth to feed into their under-18s side.
“I am pretty chuffed to be honest,” he said. “It has been a long time and I feel I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.
“Obviously we still have a bit of negotiating and bits and pieces with them before signing, but it is looking very positive and I am over the moon really.”
He added his thanks to his half brother David Collins and to Great Cornard Parish Council for allowing them to keep playing on the pitch in the meantime.
Council clerk Michael Fitt said: “We asked for bids for the lease looking for someone with community vision for football in Cornard and to make it a valuable part of the community and Mark and his brother certainly had that vision.”