Bob Dorrian has been announced as the new chairman of Lincoln City, replacing the outgoing Steff Wright.

Dorrian had filled the role of vice-chairman at the club for the past year, but, after a board meeting, was elected by his fellow directors to succeed Wright.

In a statement on the official Lincoln City website, Dorrian said it was a “great honour” to be taking on the role. Dorrian said: “For me personally it is a great honour to be chairman of the football club I have supported for 54 years, having been born and bred only six or seven hundred yards from the ground.

He continued: “I have already started handing over some of my responsibilities at my business and I will be retiring all together at the end of 2010 in order to devote more of my time to Lincoln City.” Dorrian also thanked Steff Wright for his chairmanship over the past five years.

Wright had been chairman of the club since 2006 and on the board of directors since 2001, but decided in March that he would step down at the end of the season. He also released a statement on the official Imps site.

It said: “I would like to thank the directors and all the staff at the club for all their hard work and support over the five years I have had as chairman and 10 years as a director. The directors have asked me to continue to be involved with projects at the club as and when feasible, which I am more than happy to support.”

It has also been announced that Chris Travers will take over the role of vice-chairman, taking over from Dorrian.