BARNT Green Spartak Football Club will be known as GSA next season, following a takeover of the Midland Combination Premier Division outfit.

The club, who were established in 1992 and were guided from Sunday football to their present level by former manager GJ Singh, appear to have ended their association with the Barnt Green area after it emerged the new owners had opted for the name change.

It is understood the club will continue to play their home games at Alvechurch FC's Lye Meadow.

GSA were previously affiliated with last season's Midland Combination Division Three champions GSA and Smethwick Town, who will now play in Division Two under the name AFC Pumas.

Former Spartak boss Singh has taken over the reigns at Premier Division side Continental Star.

Singh enjoyed a successful spell with Spartak, guiding them to a cup double in the 2006-07 season.

They picked up the Worcestershire Senior Urn and the Smedley Crooke Memorial Challenge Cup.

The club made their FA Cup debut last season, and caused a shock in the qualifying round, defeating Willenhall Town 3-2.

However, it was later discovered they had unknowingly fielded an ineligble player, and the game had to be replayed, resulting in a 3-1 defeat for Spartak.

Singh revealed he would quit the club at the end of the 2007-08 campaign, throwing the club's long-term future into doubt.

In March, an announcement was made that a takeover had been agreed with an unnamed party.

Nigel Wood, secretary of the Midland Football Combination confirmed the club had undergone a name change.

He said: "The chairman who runs a company called GSA has moved over as they were looking for a backer at Barnt Green Spartak.

"As far as I am aware, it is just a change of chairman, and whatever company he has, they will sponsor the club."

The Advertiser/Messenger has made several attempts to contact the club's new owners but have been unable to do so.