STEPHEN Vaughan Jnr has made a shock return to Bangor City Football Club.

The controversial figure was appointed as the club’s new chairman on Monday, March 4 following a brief spell away working as an assistant with Maltese Premier League side Mosta.

The move is set to cause further divide between the loyal Citizens’ fanbase, who have been highly critical of Vaughan Jnr’s involvement with the Huws Gray Alliance side before leaving earlier this season.

Since his initial departure, City have endured financial uncertainty that has resulted in them playing their last two home league fixtures at Llandudno and Conwy Borough after the electric and water was turned off at their Nantporth base as the club revealed debts of £80,000.

Mosta FC President George Galea and Head Coach Mark Miller have been very supportive and understanding of the situation.

Vaughan Jnr also spent a short time as director of football at the Citizens and went unbeaten during his spell in charge of the first team after Craig Harrison decided to join the coaching staff at Connah’s Quay Nomads.

The club also revealed that there has been considerable interest from potential buyers, with a consortium based in Canada and one from the north west of England reported to have made enquiries.

The Supporters Association also had opportunity to take over the Club if they could come up with the funds to keep the club, something they have not yet taken up.

A Bangor City spokesman, said: “The plan will be to finish this season as competitive as possibly keeping within the current budget and then start to rebuild for next season.

“The first step will be to start tackling all the off-field issues and the outstanding creditors which includes the players and staff.

“The water bill has been paid and reconnected, HMRC/payroll has been paid up to date and the electricity will be turned back on. This will be back on within seven to 14 days.

“Vaughan Jnr will be contacting all of the club’s debtors which will enable us to clear around 70 per cent of the current creditors list.”

City officials have taken the decision not to apply for a Tier One licence this season given recent events, adding they have applied for the FAW’s Tier Two licence and are “confident” of obtaining it.

The newly announced chairman has spoken to a representative of Nantporth CIC and we will be looking to meet with them in the future to “discuss and continue their footballing relationship.

Vaughan Jnr is also believed to have secured a new stadium sponsor, with an announcement set to be made on Thursday.