MARK Jewell will become new Eastleigh chairman following Stewart Donald’s purchase of Sunderland.

Jewell will vacate his chief executive officer’s role as part of the ownership changes at the Silverlake Stadium which will see him, Kenny Amor, Tom Coffey and Joanne Sprigg purchase a controlling interest in the National League club from Donald and his family.

Sprigg, who for many years has operated as Eastleigh's financial manager, will join the company as financial director and company secretary.

Coffey will take up the role of operations director, while Amor, the current general manager, will take over from Jewell as CEO.

A club statement said: "Eastleigh FC are pleased to confirm details of the ownership changes due to outgoing chairman Stewart Donald’s purchase of Sunderland AFC.

"The club is now in possession of the relevant Football Association ownership and directors’ test approvals for Kenny Amor, Tom Coffey and Joanne Sprigg.

“We are, therefore, now able to confirm that an agreement has been made for the above trio and current chief executive officer Mark Jewell to purchase a controlling interest of the football club from Stewart Donald and his family.

“The new owners are due to be formally introduced to the National League’s executive board during the National Conference at the Celtic Manor on Saturday, June 9.

"However, they have immediately taken control of the day-to-day running of the club.”

Addressing Spitfires’ supporters, the statement added: “We appreciate the fans’ patience during this transition period as we understand you have been eager for updates surrounding the future of the club.

"Further updates regarding club developments will follow when we are in a position to disclose the relevant information.”