Rawlins leaves Stoke

  • Last Updated: February 6 2014, 9:24 GMT

Stoke have announced the resignation of board member Phil Rawlins.

Stoke chairman Peter Coates
Stoke chairman Peter Coates

Rawlins, who had been a director since 2000, is to concentrate efforts on running his other club, Orlando City, ahead of their entrance to Major League Soccer next year.

Rawlins has sold his shares in the Potters to Stoke Holdings, a company controlled by the Coates family, the owners of the Premier League club.

Stoke chairman Peter Coates said: "I would like to thank Phil for the support and contribution that he has made as a director of the club, both initially when the club was in Icelandic ownership and in the period since Denise, John and I bought the club.

"It is understandable that over the past few years Phil has had to contribute substantially all of his time and efforts into Orlando City and all of us at the club wish him well for the coming season and, of course, for 2015 when they will be playing in the MLS."

Rawlins, a British businessman and lifelong Stoke fan now based in the United States, set up the Austin Aztex in 2007 but moved the club to Florida to become Orlando City in 2010.

Their current head coach is former Stoke player Adrian Heath.

Rawlins said: "My commitments in the States and the elevation of Orlando City to MLS unfortunately mean that I can no longer put the necessary time into my duties as a Stoke director.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure on the board and have many great memories to cherish."

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