Another backroom departure at Gloucester City

Another important member of the backroom staff at Gloucester City has left the club, it has been revealed.

Football Secretary Shaun Wetson has stepped down from his role with the club, becoming the latest high profile departure from Gloucester City in the last four months.

First team manager Tim Harris, Chairman Mike Dunstan OBE, Vice-Chairman George Irvine, club accountant Nick Priest, management board member Gulam Patel, Kit Manager Lee Randall and Press Officer Kelsey De Maria all left the club in a short space of time at the back end of 2017.

With Wetson’s departure comes great uncertainty surrounding the long-term stability of the football club, with many heralding the position of Football Secretary as the most important position outside of First Team Manager.

It is unclear at this stage the reasoning behind Wetson leaving his position, a role that he has fulfilled unpaid – the only Football Secretary in the National League South not to take a wage from the job.

Supporters have been leaving messages on the City Open Forum as they show their adulation for Wetson.

This one very much personifies the phrase “unsung hero” and he’ll leave some big shoes to fill! – Dave Jones

I get the “unsung hero” epithet, but I think “magnificent servant” is a better description – Phillip Warren

On the pitch the Tigers have hit a purple patch, and they currently sit seven points outside of the last play-off position, although more uncertainty exists over whether or not they will be allowed to compete in them should they make it.

We discussed the issue on the Severn Sport Night In this week, which you can listen to here.