On Saturday (26th September), Southend United Chairman, Ron Martin, met with a group of supporters who had initially voiced their concerns online.
The group were planning to protest following the match against Morecambe.
The club recognises that information flow is critical to understanding why decisions are sometimes taken and the impact those decisions have on the playing performance.
The Chairman therefore contacted the Supporter Group to invite them to a Q&A after the match. The Manager, Mark Molesley, joined the meeting later to discuss specific player related questions.
The meeting, which lasted nearly two hours, was positive throughout and the Chairman was grateful for the opportunity to meet the supporters in person. It was acknowledged that there could be greater communication with the fan base through the club’s official channels and particularly so during these challenging times as a consequence of Covid-19.
The club suggested it would also hold more regular discussion groups combined with the ongoing communication with the Shrimpers Trust and other Supporter Groups. The club will always listen and hopefully Saturday proved a good step towards a better understanding for everyone.
The Blues Chairman added: "These are tough times for us all. Nevertheless we will come through them better if we unite.
"The club is nothing without its supporters.
"Together we are strong and Saturday underpinned that."