Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Ex-principal Kerr elected as the new Blues' chief

Linfield's management committee last night elected Jim Kerr as the club's new chairman.

Kerr was the popular choice to fill the position, following the shock death two weeks ago of former chairman David Crawford.

He had been favourite to take the post and that was confirmed in last night's vote.

An elected member on the management committee at Windsor Park, Kerr was first voted on four years ago at the time when then chairman Billy McCoubrey failed in his bid to be re-elected, which lead to Crawford's promotion from the treasurer's position he had held for a number of years.

Kerr has held a place on the Linfield Special Efforts Committee and was also chairman of the Grounds Committee, as well as being involved with the club's players' fund.

Kerr is a retired primary school principal and is well known in football circles fom his background as a former referee.

It is up to the new chairman to lead the club forward in an era of change for Irish League football and at a time when there are some major issues facing Linfield.

Not least of those is the Irish FA stating their intention to end the lease on Windsor Park for international games, which means Kerr will have little time to settle into his position.