Drewnicki joins Daniels exodus

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THE fallout from last week’s shock managerial switch at the Daniels has claimed chairman John Drewnicki, who resigned from the Stamford’s board at the weekend.

The appointment of former Stamford and Corby boss Graham Drury came out of the blue, and Mr Drewnicki was unhappy at the manner of the Tommy Brookbanks dismissal, taking a swipe at the board in his resignation statement.

Mr Drewnicki said: “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 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.”

He wrote: “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. 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.

“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.

The Daniels issued a statement saying: “The club is disappointed that John is stepping down after making a valued contribution over many years.

“In recent years John has worked hard on behalf of the club and his efforts were very much appreciated. The club thanks John for his efforts and looks forward to welcoming him to Stamford games in the future.”

Taking up a new role at the Premier Kitchens Arena is former player Paul Pepper, who has been appointed as the club’s new commercial manager.

As a Stamford player, Pepper scored the wining goal in the first round replay against Sohan during Stamford’s 1979-80 FA Vase winning season.

New boss Grahan Drury has been meeting and speaking with players this week but said he didn’t want to rush the formation of his squad.

He said: “We want to make sure we have the right squad, probably of about 16-18 players.”