At the end of January, he (with the support of businessmen Philippe Jorand and Antonio Canton) declared his intention to build a new arena and lead the team to the National League in a letter of intent he delivered to the City Hall of Sierre.
His plan is to build a team that is capable of securing the 14th spot in the National League by the end of the 2023-24 season. To be promoted to that spot, however, HC Sierre would also need to have a bigger arena. McSorley and Philippe Jorand are imagining an arena with a capacity of 7,000 (construction costs of around CHF 80 million).
Pierre Berthon, president of the city of Sierre, and Alain Bonnet, president of HC Sierre, both stress the importance of HC Sierre retaining its identity. "HC Sierre, whose survival is assured despite the effects of the pandemic, is a family club and must remain so. We wish to grow without losing our values," Bonnet states.
To that, Chris McSorley only has this to say: "We want to be part of the club and we want the people in place, who have done a great job, to continue to work with us. This participation is not a whim." He also does not wish to assume a coaching position. If anything goes according to their plans, McSorley would only move to the Wallis in 2024.