Chairman Steve Wharton says Dennis Hobson is 'quality' addition to Scunthorpe United board
CHAIRMAN Steve Wharton has backed new director Dennis Hobson to make a positive impact on the Scunthorpe United board.
The Sheffield boxing promoter confirmed his position this week after lengthy discussions with the club.
Wharton has been searching for a successor for 15 months and announced in November he will step down at the end of the financial year.
Hobson himself has not ruled out taking on the role but in the meantime the chairman admitted it was "very important to get someone new on the board".
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"I think he (Hobson) can certainly bring a different set of qualities to the board," Wharton said.
"He's obviously a very charismatic type of person, he's got a number of good contacts and has been very successful in what he's doing. Hopefully he can bring that to the board.
"I think it was very important we got someone new on the board and got some new blood.
"I've said for a long time I'm well ready for leaving and we need some younger blood.
"I've only met him on three occasions so I don't know him well, but from what I can understand he's been a very keen Sheffield Wednesday supporter, he's very involved in boxing and is a keen sports enthusiast.
"He met with Keith Wagstaff, one of our directors, following an introduction from Tony Daws and Keith was very taken with him.
"I hope I can get to know him a lot better and know more about him.
"When you meet him you can see he's a likeable, charismatic type of person and I'm sure the fans will take to him."
Hobson has already made his influence felt, playing a part in United securing the services of striker Akpo Sodje until the end of the season.
However, Wharton stressed the Jersey-based businessman's arrival will not alter the lack of finances available to boss Brian Laws during the January transfer window.
"He's not coming in to throw a lot of money at it," the chairman added.
"He's trying to help us raise more income in sponsorship, which in turn will help us put more money in the team.
"He's said himself, he's not going to wave a magic wand but he's got qualities he can bring to the board and I'm sure he will. It's always encouraging to get some quality on the board."