It’s been a week of drama and uncertainty for Gloucester City both on and off the pitch, with several key figures at the club resigning from their positions.
First out the door was Severn Sport’s own Kelsey De Maria as he stepped down from his role as Press Officer on Tuesday evening, you can hear his reasoning why on a special edition of Severn Sport Live – where all three of the boys came together to discuss what’s next for Gloucester City.
Then the following day, Tim Harris resigned from his role as first team manager, followed by Marc Richards as assistant manager, Lee Randall as kit man and Nick Priest as club accountant.
Today, though, Gloucester fans have been rocked by the news that Mike Dunstan has left his position as Chairman and thus ending a 27-year association with the club in which he has held every role imaginable, from dressing room cleaner to Chairman.
In a statement on the club’s website, Dunstan called for leadership at the club from now on:
It has been an honour and a privilege to Chair this fantastic football club, but the time and effort it takes to run this club is far beyond that which is reasonable of volunteers. I continue to believe in the future of this club, and the huge potential it has, but it will only realise that potential by bringing in the skills, structure, leadership and investment the club needs and deserves.
What we don’t have is the strategic leadership, structure and investment to underpin, support and drive all of that forward. That must now change now to allow this club to thrive.
Fans have been vocal online this afternoon, with praises being sung from all angles.
Mike – you have done a brilliant job in tough circumstances. Big setback to see you go but, as with Tim, not surprised. So what happens now we await with interest. Thoughts & action from the owner now awaited.
— Nigel Dean (@Deano230) 4 December 2017
Gutted but totally understand that until owners put in appropriate structures to move us home we can’t continue relying minute by minute on fantastic volunteers. Mike is City, come on owners get things sorted!
— Willo (@WilloGlos) 4 December 2017
Sorry to read this news. Mike is a top bloke who loves his football club. https://t.co/5gj8xM4pCA
— Mark Halliwell (@MarkHalliwell1) 4 December 2017
Elsewhere, fans have been leaving messages on the fans page ‘The City Open Forum’. One user is dismayed at the news, writing simply “it just gets worse and worse.”
Lee Mills, former Chairman of Gloucester City Supporters Trust writes “That is a great statement from Mike and one I concur with 100%. Thank you for everything you have done for this football club Mike.”
Naturally the decision from Dunstan has drawn more questions about and put more pressure on club owner, Eamonn McGurk, to deliver on his promise to build the Tigers new stadium at Meadow Park after they were forced to leave their old one in 2007 due to flood damage, and has even seen calls for McGurk himself to step away from the club and leave it under fresh ownership.
‘Severnside’ writes “it’s anyone’s guess if EMG [McGurk] actually really cares about this this club? The next week or so may well determine that.”
Finally, ‘Cookie’ says “Mike, all the supporters understand the time, effort and passion that you have put into keeping the Club running. I am very sorry it has come to this, you will be really missed from the boardroom through to the match day tasks that you carried out so well. Thank you.”
It is an uncertain time for Gloucester City and their fans at present, if you have any views that you would like us to discuss on the next episode of the Severn Sport Night In with Kelsey and Ryan then get in touch. Leave your comments below, tweet us (@SevernSport) or send us a message on Facebook.