ADMINISTRATORS have been called in at the eco-friendly homes business run by former footballer Garry Flitcroft.

The ex-Turton High School pupil set up the timber frame housing business in 2014.

But it has been confirmed that Flitcraft — registered in Darwen Road, Bromley Cross — has been taken into administration by G&J Properties, of which Mr Flitcroft is also a registered director.

G&J has held a charge against Flitcraft, relating to two portions of land, adjoining Tarnacre Hall Farm, Tarnacre Lane, and to the north of Garstang Road, both in the village of St Michael’s on Wyre, near Garstang, since August 2015.

The former Blackburn Rovers captain, aged 44, who is registered as the sole director of Flitcraft at the same Darwen Road address, is now facing the business being wound up at the High Court in Manchester.

One alleged investor in Flitcraft, from the Blackburn area, said: “I’m annoyed with the way that he has run the business but I will have to wait and see what comes out of the administration now.”

Debts for the company, which is based at Tarnacre Hall Farm Mews, have not been disclosed.

The administrators are Skelmersdale-based Refresh Recovery Ltd and insolvency experts are currently assessing the standing of the business before compiling an initial report.

Administrator Peter Harold said: “It is early days and we are still examining the assets of the business.

“Early next week we will be making a decision on how best to market the company.”

Mr Flitcroft, who left the manager’s position at Chorley in July 2015, was unavailable for comment.

His Bury-based solicitors GLP, a signatory to the administration notice, were also not able to comment.

The company was established to design and manufacture self-build kit houses, using a timber frame system comprised of injected structural insulated panels, which were said to be suitable for the construction of everything from ‘beach huts to mansions’.

But launching the company in 2014, the ex-Chorley FC manager, who also played for Manchester City and Bury FC, said: “I’ve built up a large property portfolio over the last 25 years.

“But this is completely different to anything I’ve done previously.”

The firm acquired an eight-acre site at St Michael’s, on formation, with a 20,000 square foot factory part of the deal. It had a reported staff of 25.