DANIELS: Chairman resigns

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DANIELS chairman John Drewnicki has resigned from the board of directors at Stamford AFC.

Drewnicki was unhappy with the manner of Tommy Brookbank’s replacement by Graham Drury as the club’s manager last week.

In a statement to the club, he said: “It is with great disappointment that I announce my resignation as chairman of Stamford AFC with immediate effect.

“When l agreed to take over as chairman following the sad death of Ken Joynson, it was a proud moment for me having been involved in and supporting the club for over 30 years.

“I accepted the chair at a pivotal time when the club faced being moved by our landlords to a new location and on the back of a disappointing season in the league.

“As a board our overriding responsibility was to ensure that the club was operating on a sound financial basis and would be there for the generations that follow us. I was also very clear about my personal values and those I expected the board as a whole to operate under.

“We have had another difficult and disappointing season on the pitch just missing out on the play-offs; the main Cup competitions have been exited at early stages. We have continued to work with Burghley Estates with regard to the move but progress has been very slow. In very difficult trading conditions our commercial activity has been maintained and I used my business and personal contacts to help find new sponsors.

“I would like to thank all the sponsors who have supported me during my time at Stamford, in particular Ian Forsyth our ground sponsor with Premier Kitchens and Bedrooms, as well as Trevor and Chas Ellis, our shirt sponsors with CS Ellis Group.

“My thanks are also extended to all our club volunteers who donate so much time to the club and all its loyal supporters.

“Recent events, and in particular those relating to the treatment of our manager, Tommy Brookbanks, have left me with no alternative but to resign as chairman and also as a director of the company.

“We made an offer to Tommy at a recent Board meeting, where he was given a budget for next season after which he obtained new sponsorship to enable him to operate with a higher budget than offered by the club.

“This was then undermined by a majority decision of the Board to dismiss Tommy at Tuesday’s meeting following Graham Drury’s availability upon leaving Corby FC. I was not in agreement with this.

“I leave Stamford with a heavy heart as l care about the Club, but the organisation is too small to have multiple values and strategies and I have clearly been unable to convince key members of the Board that the ones I stand for are those that should be used.

“Finally, I wish the club and its loyal fans every success in the future.”