25th November 2018
Letter to the Chief Executive
24th November 2018
Mr. Kevin Green
Macclesfield Town Football Club
Moss Rose Stadium
First of all as the recently appointed Chairman of the Silkmen Supporters Trust (SST) I would like to welcome you to this fantastic club of ours, and look forward to a positive and effective working relationship with you in the weeks and months to come. I would now like to take this opportunity to raise a number of issues of concern that have been raised to us by our fiercely loyal fan-base, and for which we request that you provide a formal response to us. I would like to make it clear to you that this is an open letter and the contents of which will be available to be seen on the SST website and the unofficial websites of Wraggs to Riches and The Star Lane End. The board members of the SST are fundamentally committed to openness and transparency and as such the decision to make this letter an open one speaks for itself. We wish to make it clear that any response that you provide to us will be communicated within the forums which have been previously highlighted.
I have taken the opportunity to highlight a number of key concerns and would be most grateful for your responses to the questions raised by Monday 3rd December 2018.
Macclesfield Town Football Club consistently punches above it's weight and our current position within the elite of 92 Football League clubs bears testimony to this fact. In a recent address you yourself Kevin spoke of the importance of unity in engendering a spirit of unity that could ensure our survival that facilitates such a belief. As a consequence the SST board politely requests that you 'put your money where your mouth is' and offer a honest and valued response to what is asked of you within the time-frame provided above.
23rd November 2018
The SST is delighted to welcome three new members to the Board as a result of the recent Annual General Meeting.
The new Board members are:-
Mr. Andy Worth who has taken up the position of Chairman
Mr Ryan Cawley and Mr James Wilson.
We look forward to their contributions to the Silkmen Supporters Trust.
SAS Daniels Solicitors
SK 11 6AY
27th October 2018
The Silkmen Supporters Society Ltd
Annual General Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Silkmen Supporters Society Ltd will be held at 19:45 on Monday 12th November 2018 at
McIlroy Suite, MTFC, Moss Lane, Macclesfield.
The agenda for the meeting is given below.
All Members and supporters are invited to attend but only Society Members are entitled to vote. The Annual Report and Associated Financial Statements (item 2) are available via the link at the bottom of this notice.
In order to progress the business of the meeting, the following resolution will be proposed for adoption:
The Members of the Silkmen Supporters Society Ltd present at the General Meeting held on 12thNovember 2018 receive and adopt the financial statements prepared by the Society’s Independent Examiner and the Report of the Board for the year ended 30 June 2018.
There will be an open meeting after the AGM where people will be allowed to ask questions and give their opinions on the running of the SST which will finish no later than 21.15.
21st October 2018
Minutes of SST Board Meeting with Mark Blower
Held on Wednesday 10th October 2018
Present (SST): John Abbott, Bernie Rickman, David Woolliscroft, Andy Mellor, Chrissie Thompson, Marie Grundy, Steve Mundy
Present (Club): Mark Blower, Bob Trafford
John Abbott opened the meeting by welcoming Mark and Bob. It was explained that these questions had been asked by SST members.
1. What were the objectives agreed with Mark Yates as we started the season?
Mark - the objective was to finish 22nd in the league or above i.e. to stay in the League. At least to get through 1 round in the League and FA Cups. Finances were in place for these. As previously stated the club works £1 in and £1 out.
“In hindsight is cutting the cloth working”?
Mark – Adamant that the club should not get into the financial mess of previous years by overspending. The player budget was in place at the beginning of the season and this was based on what John Askey had requested. This still places us in the bottom few clubs financially in the league. Money earned from West Ham game had helped but when there is any excess money this is used to pay short term loans/debts.
2. Are there any plans to run a reserve team?
Financially it is not possible to have a reserve team. However we do have agood under 18’s team.
3. Who was behind the decision to have players’ food served after games away from the McIlroy suite? Do the players prefer to mix with the supporters?
Mark - This was the decision of the manager.
Bob - Having spoken with Danny he had explained that he personally had found it difficult to come across due to extra commitments.
Comment was made by Marie that she felt this was decision was detrimental to younger fans, as a number of them used to wait in the suite to get autographs etc. after the game from both teams. Also wasn’t this something to the club should be encouraging as they are the fans of the future. Marie also pointed out that money had been made available to have a designated area under the McIlroy for young fans to use and possibly meet players but this was still not up and running despite all the equipment being purchased nearly 2 months ago.
Mark explained that due to issues with personnel this had not been able to be completed and as Kevin Green has only been in post for 4 weeks it was anticipated that this would be done in the near future.
4. Which players were signed after John Askey left and before Mark Yates joined? Who made the decision to sign them and what was the reasoning for this?
Mark – Despite rumours there was only 1 player signed before Mark Yates took up post. That was Koby Arthur who had asked to stay from last year. Talks were in place with Mark Yates on any other player the club were looking at.
5. Has there been a consortium with a substantial offer put in a bid to buy the club? If so why was it rejected?
Mark – As far as he was aware there has been no approach to buy the club since 2014/15.
6. What are the owner’s intentions for the future of the club?
Mark - The owner has always stated his commitment to club. He would not consider selling the club to anyone who would not be good a custodian of the club, with a commitment to keeping the club as a viable going concern.
7. Last season was Amar a positive, neutral or negative contributor to Club Finances?
Mark - Amar only took money out to repay short term loans.
8. Has there been any commitment to inject Capital into the Football Club from the owner this year?
Mark – If the club needs it, either pushing for promotion or struggling against relegation Amar is willing to inject money into the club as open loans. He is not willing to let the club to “go under”.
9. Have all the players and John Askey been paid their bonuses for winning the league last season?
Mark – Yes, all contracts have/are being complied with.
10. What is the current financial state of the club and what is its current debt Position?
Mark - The club is in the best position financially since taking up the position of Chairman. The debt is the lowest it has ever been. But the challenge is always intra month working capital needs.
11. Did Mark and Amar want John Askey to stay?
Mark - Yes everything was done to try to keep John at the club. Everything John had requested had been agreed to try and keep him. But the club could not meet what he was offered by Shrewsbury, nor was it asked to.
12. What is the list of tasks that still need to be accomplished to meet League 2 requirements?
Mark - Firstly thanked the SST and Lotto for the money provided to ensure the insulation in the McIlroy suite was done and hopefully meant it would be warmer this winter.
The floodlights are one of the main things that need to be looked at, as this means that we cannot have any televised night games until they are upgraded. The improvement should be completed by April 2019 but the club has requested that this be extended to the end of the season due to issues with telephone masts etc. that need to be taken into consideration.
13 Does the Chairman feel responsible for the fact that a number of people/volunteers have left the club over the recent years?
Mark - People leave for various reasons for which he has no control over and is unable to go into specific reasons for most who have left.
14. What do the club expect from volunteers, who are also supporters. Do they
consider that volunteers should not question or comment on club activities etc.?
Mark - If people are employed by the club or on match days the club would expect a certain code of conduct. There is a code of contract being drawn up by the club.
Discussion took place around this issue by various members of the committee. It was pointed out that without such a document being made available then volunteers as opposed to paid staff could not be held to follow it. Once this is available then volunteers can made an informed decision if they wish to volunteer. It was pointed out that the club does depend on a large number of volunteers to run various events away from match days which generate income into the club.
15 Are you happy with the marketing of the club at the moment? Are the club happy with the number of diners at games? Has there been a full list of sponsors for the recent games?
Mark - The price increase could be one of the reasons that the number of diners has decreased. This is something that the club is looking at.
There has been a change in the post of Commercial Manager and he needs to be given some time to settle into the role.
16. Could the club be more transparent? There has always been, and continues to be, a dirge of rumours which are not complimentary to the Owner, the Chairman, the Manager and the club. These rumours are often exacerbated and, like "Chinese whispers", get the wrong message.
Mark – There will always be rumours on Social Media and he felt that whatever was said in response to them, it would either not be believed or be replaced by more rumours.
Bob – I have been answering e-mails from fans with regard to issues around the general running of the Club.
Mark was then asked if there was anything further he wanted to add?
Mark wanted to clear up the rumours about Elite Management. Mark stressed that he was not an investor in Elite Management. This Agency had been used in previous season as they were considered to be the best non-league agency. A number of the current squad (five) are represented by this agency but there is no way that the club are influenced by this agency to play certain players. This is purely the decision of the Manager and his team. Mark indicated that they have always proved to be a decent and honourable agency in all the involvement the club has had with them.
In some circumstances if a club plays a loan player then the cost is decreased, however that does not determine team selection.
He also stated that in no way had he been responsible for picking the team.
Mark expressed a wish that the fans get behind Neil and Danny in the interim period while the decision is made whether or not to look for a new manager.
Mark was thanked for answering the questions raised.
The meeting was closed and all thanked for attending.
Footnote - As you may be aware, Danny and the players did come across to the McIlroy Suite after the match on Saturday. We have also been advised by the Club that there will be some exciting news about Youth Development from the Club over the next couple of days.
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