As supporters know, members of the Board of Trust In Yellow last week met with Phil Hodgkinson to discuss his proposals for the running of the club if he gained control.
All members present were very impressed with the effort and expertise that had gone into his presentation and also with his vision. We believe his document deserves a wider audience and it can be viewed in the document accessed via the link at the end of this statement. Brief minutes of the meeting are also included.
We have written to Phil to thank him for his time in preparing his plans and meeting with us.
On Tuesday of this week Board members held a similar meeting with James Treadwell and Adrian Shandley to hear their ideas and ask detailed questions. A set of minutes from the meeting can also be seen in the link, along with a document they submitted outlining their plans for the club. Again we have thanked James and Adrian for meeting with us and for sending us the document to publicise.
A number of questions still remain to be answered after these meetings and Trust In Yellow will press for these especially at the club’s EGM/AGM which has been called for Monday, June 5.
Since our meetings you may have seen statements from Phil and Nigel Allen to the effect that although Phil’s offer is still on the table, the practicalities suggest that James and Adrian are in control of the club, which confirms what James and Adrian told us at their meeting.
Obviously Trust In Yellow is not able to decide on who has ownership of Southport Football Club but we will continue to follow our remit by asking questions on behalf of members and representing their views to whoever is running the club.
We know from our meeting with James and Adrian that they recognise that building bridges with supporters will be a major early challenge. We feel this is a particularly important time for supporters to present a united front and hope as many as possible will join the Trust to show this unity.
We urge supporters to read all the documents from the meetings and form their own opinions. We always welcome members and supporters giving us their ideas and opinions but especially now and as a first step we are calling an open meeting for all supporters to discuss developments and ask questions to the Trust Board. This will be held on:- TUESDAY, 23rd May at 7.00pm at the Railway Club, Sussex Road, Southport.
The bundle of documents can be accessed HERE.
The Board of Trust In Yellow will be meeting in the next few days to fully discuss the announcement of the club about the reorganisation of its Board.
Like the majority of supporters, TIY Board members are very confused and disappointed to hear the news about the departure from the club board of the new directors appointed in the autumn. They had brought welcome energy and ideas since they were appointed which the club can ill afford to lose.
After working through four managers and fifty players this season it is a pity that the owners now seem to have ‘released’ directors who have contributed so much to bring some positives to a disastrous season.
Whilst as supporters we wish the new club Board members success in restoring the club’s fortunes, they seem to have been handed a poisoned chalice at a time when there is bound to be something of a toxic atmosphere when the hopes supporters had for a real change appear to have been dashed again.
The next few weeks and in particular the EGM which the Trust asked the club to hold will be critical for the newly reformed Board to show whether it intends to run the club in a more open way. We look forward to hearing answers to questions about the future role of Mr. Clapham in the club and more open and informative answers to questions about the running of the club including financial. The willingness to answer such questions and the content of the answers will have a major effect on supporters’ reaction to the changes
The Trust will continue to press for the club to support the priorities we listed in our recent statement and in the next few weeks will call a full meeting to hear the views of members and supporters before deciding on our future relationship with the club.
As previously stated, we would be happy to meet with any parties or individuals who are interested in investing in the club.