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Stafford Rangers are facing a massive task

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

By Dave McLean

  • CLEAN SHEET OF PAPER . . . Stripes secretary Phil Bennett.

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SHAREHOLDER Phil Bennett laid the blame for the club's demise over recent times on mismanagement.

"This practice can't carry on. The club has not looked after its money and after this latest relegation the fans want to turn things around.

"We accept it is going to take time, but if we don't do things quickly, then the club is going to die."

Bennett, who is secretary of Stripes (Stafford Rangers Independent Supporters Trust), that raises money for the club organising various events throughout the year, said "We need to look at other clubs in the league we are going into.

"The question must be asked as to whether we employ too many people. We need to be brutal in this respect. It's a massive job we are facing."

Bennett, who supports a move to form a new associated club committee to help the board of directors, said "We need as much support as we can. If anyone joining us has money then that will be brilliant.

"We need people with time, passion and the commitment to make this work. We accept we've had problems in the past, but it's time to put a positive spin on things.

"Now we need to start with a clean sheet of paper and have some sort of structure for the future. I'm obviously saddened with what's gone on this season, and next season the club will be playing at a level I've never seen them play at.

"And that will not be an easy task. We certainly won't 'walk' the league as some people think. It will be a tough season ahead. We'll be going to grounds and doubling their crowds and you can be sure our opponents will be out to raise their game just because it's Stafford Rangers. What we are asking is for people to pull together. Let's be positive, not negative."

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