Football: Grays Athletic owners step down

THE two main bosses of Grays Athletic have announced that they are ending their relationship with the club in its present form.

Andy Swallow has been involved with the club since 2009.

Mr Swallow said: "I wish to announce that Joel Nathan and I will no longer be running the day-to-day affairs and the financial budget for Grays Athletic Football Club from the end of this season.

I would however like to reassure our supporters that we are not fully walking away from the club and will retain a vested interest in the club.

We will continue in our efforts to relocate the Club into a new stadium back in Grays as soon as we can agree plans with our partners and the Council. And will also assist in attaining sponsors for the forthcoming season.

The main reason I have decided to take a back seat is due to the behaviour of certain clubs at higher and lower levels, the behaviour of scouts and most importantly football agents that have descended on the Ryman league like it is the Premiership turning players heads and effectively ruining a promising season, with our players being sent on wild goose chases.

We have found it increasingly difficult to cover all the activities of the Club in addition to attending to our other business interests.

I have always said that I have wanted the club to be run by its supporters and now this will become a reality.

We are very pleased to announce that, as from next season, Tony Packer will be re-joining the club and I have asked him, along with Steve Skinner and Glyn Jarvis to form a new board in order to develop a strategy and a sustainable budget to take the club forward.

The GAFC 1890 Supporters Trust will continue in its current format and will play a pivotal role in the raising of funds to assist the club with its finances.

Following this announcement, there will be a number of supporter’s meetings organised so that the new board can keep everyone advised of the plans for the 2016/17 season and beyond. This will be an opportunity for the fans to ask questions regarding the club’s future direction.

Obviously players will leave the club that is the nature of the beast, this is in order to shape a squad for next season based on a supporters run team.

We have spent many years backing the club and this will continue into the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to reassure our supporters that Joel and myself are not walking away we simply wish to take a step back of the running of the club and in no way does this mean the end of Grays Athletic FC, far from it.

We thank you all as always for your loyalty and support of Grays Athletic and we look forward to a bright future for Grays Athletic

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