15 May 2020 by John Edwards

Welcome back, Rob Esteva!

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Altrincham FC are delighted to welcome back Rob Esteva to the board of directors, after the Football Association confirmed he had passed the customary fit and proper persons test.

Rob resumes as an Alty director 16 months after stepping down due to family and work constraints on his time, and his return is a significant boost to a dynamic, new-look board that is well positioned to continue taking the club forward.

As founder and managing director of sports data specialists TSZ Data Services and TSZ Content (www.thestatszone.com), his knowledge and input has always been highly valued by manager Phil Parkinson and assistant Neil Sorvel, and the pair are as delighted as the rest of the board at having his particular brand of expertise at their disposal on a regular basis once more.

Rob’s scouting network and analysis team provide Phil and Neil with a constant flow of up-to-date, relevant information on players and opponents that is unmatched in non-League football and helps keep Alty’s management duo one step ahead of their rivals.

As a measure of his commitment to the cause, he has continued to assist Phil and Neil as much as possible during his absence from the board, and he now can’t wait to begin his second stint as an Alty director and step up his involvement in furthering the club’s fortunes.

Reflecting on his title as Director of Football, and his excitement at rejoining the board, Rob said: ‘There’s no real change from last time to be honest, because I’ve always worked closely with Phil and Neil, and my role will be to continue supporting them to take our team and club on to the next level.

‘My primary role will again be football and all that side of things, and I’m delighted to be rejoining the board at such a critical time for the club in so many ways. I’ve remained in touch with everybody at the club since stepping down early last year, and I’ve continued to support Phil and the coaching team.

‘Now that my second daughter has turned one, and with EURO2020 now being postponed, I have more time on my hands to commit to the club and help take things forward.

‘I’ve had regular conversations with Bill Waterson and Lawrence Looney over the last year, and I am excited by their vision and ambition for the club.

‘I’m a hugely ambitious person myself. The main reason I stepped down last year was that I refuse to sit on the board and be inactive and passive due to my unavailability…that is not my style, nor would I accept it from anybody else as a custodian of the club.

‘We’re forming a really strong board right now, and, despite all the uncertainty in football and in life, there’s no better time to push some key plans forward wherever possible. I hope to play an important role in what is an exciting future.’

Reacting to confirmation that Rob had been reinstated, Alty director Bill Waterson said: 'We are delighted to welcome Rob back to the board.  Working with him over the last few weeks has reminded me just how much we have missed his contribution.

'He gets things done and his energy, drive and creativity lifts all of us on the board to achieve more. We have an ambitious agenda for the next 12 months, and Rob will have a major part to play.'

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