The situation at Chester City, as we have noted on here before, appears to be going from bad to worse. A report in The Non-League Paper yesterday reported that the club may have just weeks to live and, as we saw from the accounts posted on the club’s website just last week, this may be no great overstatement. Chester supporters have come together in a bid to try an establish what on earth actually is going on at their club, and an open letter to those running the club is reprinted below.
It is with great regret that we see the sacking of yet another manager by the board of Chester City FC. At a time when stability is crucial to the survival of our club, another apparent knee-jerk reaction sees the Club searching for its 14th manager in 10 years. Mick Wadsworth has been working under extreme pressures for the last 3 months, and was nothing but professional in his approach to taking on this difficult role under these desperate circumstances.
The working party committee of City Fans United would like to ask the current owner (we are unsure at the current time which Stephen Vaughan this is, Senior or Junior) to break the Club’s silence and let the supporters know the answers to the following questions:
Will any new manager be given the full backing of the board, both financially and in terms of patience, and have the chance to establish himself at the football club and turn around our on-field problems?
At a time when gates are in steady decline at the Deva Stadium, what plans do the Club have to encourage floating, vanished and armchair supporters to attend games and increase matchday revenue?
How does the failure of the latest CVA affect the current finances of the Club, and what progress is the Club making in its attempts to seek to develop other streams of revenue?
With the closure of the Centre of Excellence, the links with local youth football and the schools football community are obviously more important now than ever. What steps are the Club currently undertaking to cement these relationships, to help to ensure that the best of local talent does not slip through the net?
We ask these questions on behalf of the loyal fans of Chester City FC.
We feel that the answers to the above are crucial to the survival and longevity of our proud little football club which has been developed, nurtured and loved by the parents, grandparents and ancestors of the good folk of Chester, North Wales and West Cheshire and which, on the cusp of its 125th year of existence, sits at its lowest ebb for 100 years.
City Fans United hold their inaugural meeting at the Divas Showbar (formerly Royal Mail Social Club) on Station Road, Chester, at 8pm on the 22nd October. We would encourage all City fans to attend, and help steer City back to where they belong. Supporters can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.