The reasons are varied which includes my health, family, business and my desire to ensure MFC is moved forward.
My period as Chairman should have been a pleasant one, but turned into a nightmare. I, and Margate Football Club have been let down very badly with false hope and promises, from people who knew better. I have come across lies and deceit from the top down. People who only had their personal interest at heart and not the benefit of the club, the systematic dismantling of both the financial structure and the commercial structure has lead to situations where the club has been seriously undermined. We have now overcome these obstacles and reinstated some semblance of control. It has taken this long to rectify the wrong doings and get people into positions who do not have ‘hidden agenda’s’.
Having said that, the club also has very good people now working within it to take it forward. All the team members and volunteers who are in these positions are excellent and are doing a fantastic job and will continue to do so. I cannot thank Nikki for all he has done, the club is very fortunate in having a person like him as its manager. Alistair will now become Chairman and also majority shareholder of the club he and Ricky have really helped me over the last few months and I would like to say have become personal friends. I cannot thank Alistair enough we have worked really well together and I know he is the right person to take MFC forward.
Finally it comes down to the people who really matter, the supporters, please get behind Alistair and Nikki and make this club what it should be and put behind you all the problems of the past.
I know in my time at the club I was not the favourite person in some quarters, but although not born a MFC supporter, I love the club and I do really care about it and for this reason I realise I have reached my span of effectiveness and recognise that the club now needs new leadership to carry this forward, Alistair is the person for that.
I wish you all success for the future and will be seen on the terraces at Hartsdown cheering on the club I have become to love.
Thank you all once again