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Bill Carroll Resigns As Director

Thursday 15 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Bill Carroll has today announced he is to stand down as a director of the club. The full press release reads as follows:

Last summer I gave notice that family and business reasons would prevent me from spending much time on Club business in the forthcoming season and from continuing to subsidise the annual operating budget.

I appealed for help from supporters and others interested in the future of the Club, however, in the event things went badly wrong in the latter part of 2003 with no one really managing the Club. As a consequence the Club would have folded last February had Graham Read not stepped forward to spend real time at the Club managing its affairs and had Paul Curtis not agreed to take on an impossible situation with the then state of the First Team.

I became involved again to a degree to support the work being done by Graham and also by John Newman, whom Graham later persuaded to also pitch-in and spend much time and effort on the Club's behalf. Against my previous indications I advanced further sums to ensure that the Club saw out the season.

At Graham's instigation we negotiated an agreement with the Stadium's landlord to give the Club and the community, an opportunity to acquire ownership of the Stadium. I thought that it would be difficult to raise the funds but I really believed that we would get closer than we have! The response has been most disappointing and we have had to notify Verada Properties Ltd that we will not be able to proceed.

However, Graham and I have now arranged to pay all outstanding rents and Verada has agreed not to exercise its legal right to re-possess the property. Accordingly, Aylesbury United will continue in business and continue to play at the Stadium.

I have to applaud the efforts that Graham and John are making and they are very optimistic that, over the next 12-18 months they will significantly improve the Club's financial well being with a number of new initiatives. I sincerely hope that supporters and businesses will really begin to support their efforts in a big way.

I have been advertising the Club for sale together with the opportunity to acquire the stadium but nothing worthwhile has resulted. However as we have managed to avoid losing our lease to the Stadium, as my situation has not changed and as I believe the Club to be now in good hands, I judge this an opportune time to resign as a Director of the Club, although I will remain available for consultation if required. I believe this will assist Graham, John and any other directors that they may bring on board, in clarifying who is running the Club and I believe that the ones doing the work should be able to make the decisions.

Finally, I hope that fans will appreciate that a first team cannot be successful without a reasonable playing budget and they and others have to do their bit to support the team and the Directors and to assist in producing funds.

W.J. Carroll

15th July 2004


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