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Stafford Rangers reveal new look working board

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

By Dave McLean

Stafford Rangers reveal new look working board

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FOLLOWING the late season departure of several personnel, including chairman Rod Woodward, Stafford Rangers have put together a new look working board.

Four directors currently remain from last season, Mike Hughes, Reg Bates, Cliiff Went and Roly Tonge, and this week they were joined by five non-executive board members.

They are former directors, Jon Downing, Nick Oldfield and David Montgomery, along with Carol Bailey and John Macmillan.

“We will continue to search for new directors prepared to invest in the club but an interim and effective management team has been established,” said Hughes.

“With immediate effect a non-executive board has been appointed to run the club on a day-to-day basis and share both the load and decision making which will drive forward our new strategy and develop our five year plan.”

In addition, Stafford Rangers Independent Supporters Trust (Stripes) will be represented by Phil Bennett, who said: “Stripes are pleased to be considered to play their part in the ‘new’ Stafford Rangers.

“To have fan involvement in decision making at board level is an objective of Stripes and meets with the Supporters Direct ethos. It will ensure that any help or advice from Supporters Direct can be used for the future direction of the football club.”

One of the biggest changes is that Rangers supporters will be asked to elect their own fans representative who will be re-elected every six months by the fans.

“While I am a director of the club we are all fans at heart and we need everyone to have an input and we believe that this fundamental change demonstrates what we mean by a determination to change our culture and ethos,” said Hughes.

“We want everyone to unite together to make this club once again a force to be reckoned with. Having a fans representative and Stripes helping us can play a big role in making this happen and each will have a vote and play an active part.

“One of the biggest challenges is to construct a management team that can work as one and I believe we have the basis of that.”

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