As this is my first article for the programme I thought I should share with you my first impressions of the club; though you are probably more interested in where we are with the takeover so I will start with that.
When John Holmes was first approached by Peter Webb to help out at the club we thought it would be all sorted within a couple of weeks with a long stop date as the start of the season; it couldn’t be that hard could it?
Four months later and I am pleased to report we are nearly there and I am hoping that by the time you are reading this we will have tied up the remaining loose ends and I can ask David Selby to call a meeting of the members of the Company to formally approve the takeover. This will be subject to the usual dotting i’s and crossing t’s but will enable us to be more involved and provide more support to the current team.
Hopefully everyone is getting comfort that John Holmes and I remain committed to the takeover; I have been at every home game to far this season and John tells me that once everything is tied up he will be joining me in the stand, though I may need to explain the offside rule to him!
So for my first impressions; you are very fortunate at Chelmsford to have the services of such a dedicated team of Directors; David, Alan, Steve and Paul have been incredibly supportive throughout our due diligence process and their passion for the club is infectious so a big thank-you needs to go out to them when this is all completed and we hope that they will agree to continue working with us in the future as they bring so much to the club.
The rest of the team have been equally great and there is again that passion for success and support for the growth of the club that we need as we progress to the title this year and in the National League next season – always be positive.
And then we have what I believe is the best manager and coaching team in the league, Rod’s passion and drive for the team to succeed supported by Nick’s immense coaching experience can be seen by the results on the field and nearly a third of the way into the season we are already top.
I have not had much opportunity to meet the players yet, though I spoke briefly with Batts; who is hoping to be back playing next week – I so wish that shot had gone in the other week as there would have been no other contestants for goal of the season if it had and Mickey Spillane who hopes to be back soon from his ankle injury. Both were very positive and I hope to be able to spend more time getting to know the rest of the players as the season progresses and provide whatever support Rod and Nick need to maintain our league position – within reason!
And it would not be complete if I didn’t mention the amazing supporters I have met who, like everyone, share a great passion for the club. We already have the highest average attendances in the league and together we can grow and achieve great things.
I am looking forward to some good cup runs this year; starting today with the second qualifying round for the FA Cup, when we welcome Ramsgate to Melbourne Park.
Unfortunately I can’t be at the game today but will try and follow on Clarets Radio and hopefully see you all again in the 3rd qualifying round match on the 30th September.
Updated 17:05 - 19 Sep 2017 by Matt Lee