ESTHER McVey has taken up a role with Knutsford Football Club.

The MP for Tatton since 2017 has accepted an invite from the Reds to become the club’s honorary patron.

“We are delighted she has accepted,” said Jimmy Evans, the Knutsford FC chairman.

“Esther and her family are genuine football fans and supporters of grassroots football. We welcome her to the club.”

What the role entails for the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Minister of State for Housing and Planning and Minister of State for Employment, is yet to become clear but as the Liverpool-born 52-year-old is a Red of the Merseyside variety she should already have the football colours to give Knutsford her support.

Despite the wet weather playing havoc with their pre-season friendly schedule - two of their last three matches being cancelled - Evans is happy with the way things are going under new manager Nick Eaton

“The squad is taking shape, many new faces and good progress is being made with the manager and his team working hard to further strengthen the side,” he said.

Reds’ fixture with Cheadle Town was called off prior to facing a very strong 1874 Northwich last Thursday.

“We lost 3-1, with our goal from James Manson, against the unofficial champions of the North West Counties Premier League and did well against a very fit side,” said Evans.

Their clash with Denton was then called off on Saturday due to the wet weather.

“The bad weather is coming two months earlier than usual and it’s a big concern for amateur clubs who don’t have a drainage system or full-time ground staff. The wettest August for many a year,” said Evans.

Reds are due to host Old Alts from the Manchester League on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.

Old Alts’ chairman is Knutsford’s ex-goalkeeper Mark Higgs.

Knutsford then visit Alsager Town on September 12, kick-off 2pm.