Steve McClaren has agreed a contract to act as an advisor to the board with immediate effect.

In this capacity he will assume the role and duties of both advisor and Technical Director, a position which has been identified by agreement between Mel Morris and Derventio Holdings as important to the future of the club. The permanent status of the Technical Director role will be subject to ratification by Derventio Holdings’ board following completion of the club acquisition.

Commenting on the announcement, Stephen Pearce, Chief Executive Officer said: “We are delighted to have Steve’s help and support at this critical time. His knowledge, experience, and academic qualifications will be invaluable to us. I am sure he will make a huge contribution.”

No further comment will be made at this time.