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Statement from the Board of Trust In Yellow

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.

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Follow-up to meetings

As a follow-up to the Trust board’s recent meetings with James Treadwell and Adrian Shandley and Phil Hodgkinson, we are able to release a bundle of documents HERE.

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May board meeting

The minutes from May's board meeting are online HERE.

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Trust statement

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.

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Statement of Trust In Yellow’s priorities for the future management of the club

As a significant shareholder in the club and a representative of supporters, Trust In Yellow believe that whoever takes ownership of the club, it is essential for some basic principles to be adhered to by the new board of Southport FC. The Trust are willing to meet with any group considering investment to discuss our priorities which include:

1. A willingness to accept and respect the importance and value of supporters’ views.

This should include discussion of the role of the Trust in the future of the club. At the very least this should involve structured dialogue between the club board and TIY which would include guaranteed bimonthly meetings enabling there to be far more transparency in the way the club is being run and a channel for supporters’ opinions and ideas to be put to the club.

2. The new board to undertake a critical analysis of the club’s present position which would include the opportunity for supporters and TIY to put forward their views.

3. The club to work with the Trust to put forward a coherent plan of improvement of ground and spectator facilities; this to include in the short term amenities like toilets, disabled facilities and supporters’ bar but also a longer term realistic plan of larger scale improvements which would benefit the club and put it at the centre of the community.

4. A coherent and sensible playing strategy which does not compromise the finances of the club. Supporters are keen for a return to on-the-field stability where they can once more identify with the management and players.

5. The club be open to future investment including the open acquisition of shares by the Trust.

6. A culture of openness and consultation with supporters. Whilst success on the field can never be guaranteed, TIY believes that if the club is run in an open way, with realistic plans recognising the views of supporters, then it can go a long way to restoring the town’s pride in Southport FC.

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