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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

10 April 2014

Nick on new stadium and the final five games of the season

We were all hugely relieved when the news came through last week that TRASHorfield had finally decided to drop their case against Sainsbury’s building on the current Memorial Stadium land, paving the way for us to build the new UWE Stadium.

We were delighted that this minority group has finally accepted the result of the democratic process, and we can now get back to business making the new stadium a reality.

Since last week we have already begun meeting with our partners to finalise the outstanding contractual agreements surrounding the project.

It is still not clear exactly how long this will take, but rest assured we will get everything completed as quickly and efficiently as we can. Hopefully we will see diggers on site in the not too distant future.

I would once again like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us with this process.

Obviously a lot has happened since my last report to you, and we now find ourselves with a new man in charge of the first team.

As has been well documented, this switch has been in the pipeline for a long time, and we felt now was the right time to make the change, to give Darrell time to plan for next season and take the club forward.

His immediate concern is to keep us in the Football League, and a win here this weekend will go a long way to making that happen.

Darrell is an enthusiastic and ambitious young man, and he wants to achieve success here. He has a fantastic attitude, and will not accept any below par performances from his players.

We are 100% behind him in his new role, and are confident that he and John will continue to work extremely well together. John will now have wider responsibilities at the club, including; scouting, the youth department and preparing the footballing side of the club for the move to the new UWE Stadium.

So turning our attention back to this weekend, we have just five matches left to pick up as many points as we can and secure our league status for next season.

A win against struggling Torquay on Saturday will be a major boost going into the away fixture against another team fighting for survival – Portsmouth. We know our away form has been a huge problem this season, so it is vitally important that we take something from this weekend's game.

Hopefully that will give us a confidence boost, and take the pressure off for the remaining four games. Please do your bit this weekend by backing Darrell and the boys and making the Memorial Stadium an intimidating place for our visitors.


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