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Vaughan Jr appointed Floriana president

Steve Vaughan Jr is the new president of Floriana FC, replacing Justin Attard who yesterday announced he was quitting the Greens’ hot-seat.

“My resignation is solely due to personal reasons and I have no regrets about holding this post (at the helm) of one of Malta’s biggest clubs and a Malta FA council member for the past four months,” Attard said in a statement.

Attard is confident that his decision will not have an adverse effect on the club.

“This decision has come at the right time, leaving the club in a stable administrative situation and with a good chance of a place in the Championship Pool in this season’s Premier League,” he said.

“Hopefully, the club will announce a new president in due course, to whom I wish the best of luck.”

The Greens acted swiftly to install a new president as, only hours after Attard announced his resignation, the Premier League club said on their website that Vaughan Jr has taken over the presidency.

He was co-opted to the committee yesterday, filling the place previously occupied by Attard who had also been co-opted last summer, a club official told The Times.

Vaughan Jr’s nomination as Floriana president and member of the committee is subject to approval by the Malta FA council.

Vaughan Jr is the son of boxing promoter Steve Vaughan who last August agreed a deal to invest in Floriana FC.

One of Vaughan’s first moves had been to name Mark Wright as coach and he also recruited a host of new players, mainly from England, but the former England defender as well as most of the summer signings have since left the club.

Other players, namely Brazilians Igor Coronado and Haygnner Celestino, joined Floriana in November.

The appointment of Stephen Azzopardi as Wright’s successor in October helped to steady Floriana who have revived their Cham-pionship Pool hopes after putting together a run of six matches without defeat.

Floriana are also holding talks with former president Johann Said over the garnishee order the latter’s company issued against the club last year.

At the last MFA council, it was announced that, because of the garnishee order, Floriana’s UEFA solidarity payment was deposited in court.

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