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A note from the chairman

1 October 2012

Southend United chairman Ron Martin writes to Blues supporters in an open letter.

At a recent meeting with club staff it was felt that there was a lack of flow of information to supporters. 

I think this is a valid criticism and I must, in part, take a responsibility, but with the recent departure of Gary Lockett as CEO at the club (Gary will remain a non executive director) inevitably creates uncertainty in supporters’ minds. This coupled with a ‘lack of information’ is unhelpful. 

There are changes taking place at the club but these are positive, exciting changes and it is right that fans be kept informed. However, at times I hope the majority of supporters understand that I am unable to openly discuss the clubs plans without risking damage to the clubs interests. Unquestionably the future is exciting even though the club continues to wrestle with its short term cash requirements to ensure the on field investment to get us out of this league is maintained.

There will be further announcements this week, which surround behind the scenes management as we gear up to move to the new stadium. My focus for a long time has been completing a major ‘jigsaw’ to enable development of our future and which everyone will understand has been made all the more difficult during these challenging economic times. 

However as our ‘line of sight’ grows ever clearer the changes that to take place will positively compliment the bigger picture. I am determined to get this club firing on all cylinders behind the scenes to ensure that Paul receives the support that he needs. That said he has already assembled an excellent group of players and created a brilliant team spirit that I have not seen at Southend United Football Club for many years. It is a joy to watch the goal celebration and long may that continue, starting tomorrow! 

I do not wish to put Paul Sturrock under extra pressure but the ‘feel good factor’ will certainly stand this years squad in very good stead to complete the job we so nearly achieved last season. There are areas where reinforcements are needed and Paul will be supported when he identifies the right players to join us.

In closing I just want to reiterate that if the club has been lax in communicating with its supporters then this will now change. Of course commercial sensitivities will still be protected but we are one group of people, United in Southend’s success.

Ron Martin

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