Fleet boss quits and urges: 'Sell the club'
PUBLISHED: 18:09 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 23 August 2010
EMBATTLED Ebbsfleet United should be put up for sale – that s the message from the club s vice-chairman who has announced his resignation at the end of the season. Roly Edwards hit out at MyFootballClub, the website which has a controlling stake in the c
EMBATTLED Ebbsfleet United should be put up for sale - that's the message from the club's vice-chairman who has announced his resignation at the end of the season.
Roly Edwards hit out at MyFootballClub, the website which has a controlling stake in the club based at Stonebridge Road, Northfleet, just as MyFC itself launched a membership poll to decide the future of its link.
Mr Edwards, 56, said his resignation, which he announced on Tuesday was "symptomatic of where we are" in terms of management and decision-making and that he thought MyFC had "ingrained problems" and was no longer capable of financing the club as it should.
He told the Reporter the club has had some "very good years" but he was "upset" and "frustrated" that all future options had not been explored - including putting the club up for sale to attract more finance.
MyFC is asking members in a poll what should happen to its future link with the Fleet. Membership has dwindled from around 30,000 to less than 10,000.
In a statement posted on the MyFC website Mr Edwards said: "I have no confidence whatsoever that the MyFC is capable of funding the club and, perhaps more importantly, managing the club.
"The management structure that we have in place does not function properly and the decision-making process is almost non-existent in my opinion,"
"This is proving crucial at a time when the very existence of the club is in doubt. I believe that the concept has run its course and as a result cannot continue to offer my support."
He added: "I believe that it is time for drastic change, but it is clearly the view of the majority that counts and I fully respect this. I will be a willing volunteer and have the club's interest at heart."
MyFC chairman Keith Handley said: "The coming weeks are important for the club and society, both on and off the field.
"MyFootballClub.co.uk has been around since August 2007 and certainly has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions and events. But we have to face up to the realities of the current situation, the difficulties in implementing our model with a reduced membership.
"Members are currently being polled on how they see the future with Ebbsfleet: whether we stick to our model with a £140,000plus annual contribution, or find ways to add revenue, possibly by reducing our shareholding."
Fleet chairman Duncan Holt said he was "disappointed" over Edwards' resignation but they had talked and he was aware of how Edwards felt.
He added that he was waiting for the result of the MyFC poll. "I think everything is up for possibilities. We have got to have a good hard look."
The deadline for the poll was 10pm on Tuesday, as the Times went to press.