Chester’s Near Miss


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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15 Responses

  1. Bernard says:

    Keep up the good work of naming and shaming these prats.

  2. Sean of the Shed says:

    So the moral maze that is Chester City has taken on Morrell Maison.
    Does Steven Vaughan own a White Persian cat? By surrounding himself with arch-villains, I have come to the conclusion that he is Ernst Blofeld and is trying to recreate SPECTRE. I fully expect George Rolls and Steve Evans to join in the near future before Chester City gets relocated to a dormant volcanic island just off the Chinese coast.

  3. John Beech says:

    You just couldn’t make it up, could you? Morell Maison being recruited by Stephen Vaughan…
    As recently as 19 October, the Halesowen News reported that police “have arrested Morell Maison as part of an investigation into fraud at Halesowen Football Club”. Maison was “bailed pending further inquiries”.
    Has Vaughan completely lost the plot? Is Maison planning a takeover with backing from the Ingrams? I just can’t wait for the next episode!

  4. Lol says:

    The Term “As thick as Thieves” springs to mind!
    Mind you, I’m not too sure who would be considered the thicker in this case Vaughan, Maison or the FA for their part in this travesty.
    One thing is for sure though – the fall guy’s will, as usual, be the supporters (if there are any left when these jokers have had their fill of playing god).

  5. Micky F says:

    The FA’s fit & proper persons test isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. My team, Luton, has fallen foul of directors with dubious motives twice in the past 5 years and both times the FA were quite happy to approve these people as fit and proper. One of these persons, John Gurney, even had previous ‘form’ at Bedford Rugby Club which should have alerted the FA as to his motives yet they still let him buy the club.

    If this was happening to Premiership clubs they’d be all over it but because it’s mainly in the lower leagues they don’t seem to be that bothered. The FA are well named because that is exactly what they do to protect small clubs from tools like Vaughan, Maison & Batchelor.

  6. John A says:

    They should make a movie out of this clubs recent history. Or a pantomime.

  7. Mark Murphy says:

    Of course, George Rolls is busy “saving” Weymouth at the minute, so Chester are safe from him for a bit.

  8. Phil Chester says:

    Here’s a statement from the CFU (City Fans United).

    CFU are both surprised, disappointed and shocked at events currently taking place at The Deva Stadium.

    Whilst the players, we believe, have still to be paid from November and the current manager is working miracles in what can be some of the most difficult circumstances ever experienced by a Chester manager, Stephen Vaughan, currently banned from acting as a director by The Department of Trade, has appeared to appoint Morell Maison as Director of Football.

    CFU feel that this appointment is totally unnecessary and can only undermine the excellent work of both the manager and the players at this very difficult time.

    Mr Maison’s time at Halesowen was one of great turbulence for the club; being expelled from the FA Cup and FA Trophy, going into administration and reports of financial irregularities.

    Maison also recieved a twelve month touchline ban after clashing with one of his own players and the former Chief Executive, Guy Simpson, who arrived at the club on the invitation of Maison, was in August 2009 charged with fraudulent evasion of tax duty in the region of £4.5 million.

    Once again we call upon Vaughan and his family to make real efforts to sell the club at a reasonable price to genuine potential purchasers. In the meanwhile we ask him to reconsider his approach to Maison who, we feel has nothing to offer to CCFC and use the money which would be paid to him to pay some of the unpaid players.

    We would also like to thank the manager and the current players for their great professionalism under these very trying circumstances.

    The City Fans United committee would like to wish all CFU members, and Chester City fans across the globe, a Happy New Year.

  9. ejh says:

    Ah, you can’t be both surprised, disappointed and shocked.

  10. Sean of the Shed says:
    Seems that not everybody on the board were in agreement with Maison’s appointment.

  11. Tom says:

    Anderson and Gray do what they’re told

  12. I would like to update readers of this website to the latest activities of Morell Maison.
    I am one of his latest ‘victims’ and I write this partly because I am very angry and also with a genuine concern for those who may be next.
    He has sent publicity material to Colleges throughout England promoting the Global Football Academy. I was hired by him to do this and can say I have doubts whether the academy is operating or is still in its planning stages.
    Morell tried to create the impression that he has Jason Roberts, the Blackburn Rovers striker, and Watford legend Luther Blissett on tap as his coaches therefore adding credibility to his academy. I can confirm he definitely has good relationships with both but anyone in their right mind would question how great their involvement could be.
    From my contact with Morell, I would certainly not recommend any young people to join this organisation which is now based at Rickmansworth.
    His treatment of me was arrogant and shocking – particularly surprising perhaps as I was almost a friend as well as a journalist – and I do not believe he would take good care of anyone who puts their trust in him.
    My concern is that he would raise expectsations through the roof with the only guarantee being that he lines his own pocket.
    He even discussed with me whether he would effectively own players and therefore be able to transfer them to clubs.
    He was actively looking to hook up with a club and then became manager of Kettering Town.
    Unsurprisingly, as at Halesowen and Chester previously, chaos soon ensued. His assistant manager Nicky Eaden was first to go apparently saying he could not work a day longer with Morell – even though they’d been together barely a couple of months, Snother reputable name in Roger Ashby followed suit with Morell falling on his poisonous sword soon after. He still has his business interests at Kettering, even basing his personal assistant at Nene Park.
    It would be very interesting to know what the FA, who banned Morell for three months following his famed altercation with Dean Brennan, think of him running a football academy

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