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England World Cup kingpin makes Manchester move

The man who led England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup has been appointed chief executive of Manchester based sports retailer Kitbag.

Andy Anson spent two years with the FA and was a key figure in the highly praised bid to bring the World Cup to England. The Oldham-born businessman was previously commercial director at Manchester United and was also the chief executive of the European division of the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Kitbag employs more than 200 staff and recently posted sales of £58m. The business sells soccer kits via the internet and runs club shops for Manchester United and Manchester City.

Speaking about the move Anson said: "I am excited to be joining Kitbag, which is a great business with a strong reputation and brand in exciting and rapidly evolving markets.

"I look forward to bringing my experience from the worlds of sport and business and working with the great team at Kitbag and Findel."

Findel chief executive Roger Siddle said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Anson, who brings a wealth of experience and will be invaluable to Kitbag.

“Andy will be responsible for leading the next stage of the development of Kitbag as we look to build on the considerable success achieved to date.

“We are confident that his expertise and leadership will help the group realise the full potential of Kitbag.”

Matt Morris

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