New Gosport Borough chairman Tony Stares insists that things need to change at Privett Park after two seasons on lurching from crisis to crisis.

“The club needs to be a bit more professional in the way it is run”

Speaking to Kevin Ricketts of The News, the new chairman was forthright with his assesment of the club.
“We can’t continue operating the way we have been,” said Stares.

“It is time to bring back a bit more clarity and honesty to restore the trust of the supporters. At times in the last couple of seasons supporters have got the impression, rightly or wrongly, that a smokescreen had been set up by the club.

“As a football club we have to live within our means with a budget that reflects our income. Part of the problem was that the club pushed the boat out a bit and it couldn’t be sustained.

“My role is to advise people because I am not a director and won’t have any financial involvement. I am not a yes man and won’t be a puppet.
“The club needs to be a bit more professional in the way it is run. If people are not prepared to listen to me then it could be the shortest chairmanship in history.

“‘We have to run more on the model similar to that at Bognor. They look to bring in younger players who have just come out of the professional game.

“We also have a number of good prospects in the academy who are capable of stepping up. There won’t be any big marquee signings because we are not in a position to afford them.”


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