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.