Gloucester City CEO Jay Marriott has called on the club’s supporters to continue to make their voices heard to help try and steer the First Team to National League North safety.
Earlier this month, Marriott was announced as part of a brand new board brought in to oversee the football club following the departure of Patrick and Nicky Chambers and Marriott says that whilst he is delighted to be back at the TigerTurf Stadium, he appreciates the scale of the task at hand and acknowledges the need to back Manager, Mike Cook.
“I’m delighted to be back at the club, I obviously would have liked it to be in better circumstances and we all hoped that Patrick and Nicky’s tenure was here to stay, but sport has a way of throwing curve balls at us and you have to react.
I think despite it being far shorter than expected, we should thank them for the time and commitment they gave to the club.
I have enjoyed being back so far and am looking forward to getting re-acquainted with things and looking at where we are, over the next few weeks,” said Marriott.
“I’ve sat down with Mike [Cook] and we’ve talked openly about the team and the club as a whole, his commitment and passion for the club really shines through.
We don’t have an open cheque book, but we’ve discussed if there is an opportunity to add a few game- changing signings, then we will do our very best to support that.
The key to staying up is trusting in a very experienced manager, that cares about our plight and we want to make sure we do everything in our power to give him the best chance of doing just that,” Marriott added.
Gloucester City have had a run of crucial home matches of late, with five wins from their last six home games in all competitions – most recently the 3-0 win over Curzon Ashton on Tuesday night.
The next home game sees the Tigers host local rivals, Hereford, on Boxing Day – a fixture that should see at least 1,500 fans in attendance at the TigerTurf Stadium and ahead of the game, Marriott has called on City fans to head to the game and continue to make a difference in their survival bid.
“December is just such a pivotal time for the club, the fixtures have been massive and with the Men having four out of five league games at home, we knew there were chances for our fans to make a difference and try to make the TigerTurf a fortress – and we have seen that this month that they can truly be our 12th man and help drive the players forward.
We know what our fans are capable of, in terms of creating an atmosphere and when it rocks, it gives you goose bumps and lifts the whole place.
Whether you stand in the T-End or sit in the stands, at a time like this for the club, it is unity that’s needed.
Whatever has come before now or whatever lies ahead needs to be put aside. We need to get together and drive the club out of trouble,” Marriott said.