Lee Kearns has announced he will be stepping down as Chairman of St Neots Town FC.
The following statement from Kearns has been posted on the Evo-Stik League South Premier club’s website:
“The decision for me to step down as Chairman has not been taken lightly however I believe that it’s time the club was looked after by those that have a long and established history and those that have a very clear focus on continuing the good work that we have all put into this great club over the last 6 years and in particular the last 2 years.
It’s important to acknowledge the contribution that previous Chairman and owners have had however it’s also as equally as important to recognised that we are now a Community focused Football Club and as such the virtues of being a Community Football Club must be upheld by those that have the ability to take the club into the very Community that they have sprung from.
We have worked hard over the last 2 years firstly to survive, after the previous chairman stepped down and withdrew his financial support (which I encouraged) and secondly to bring a number of initiatives together some of which have given us every chance of balancing the books for the first time since the club moved to New Rowley Park.
This is a truly difficult and unforgiving industry we work in and as such we must not stop trying to grow all business interests and to improve (year on year) every aspect of the football club. These initiatives are too numerous to go into detail here however I’m particularly proud of the Clubs gift of use initiative, Primary School outreach programme, the introduction of the Learning and Sports Academy and our ability to provide fantastic opportunities for both boys and girls who wish to pursue a career in Football and in sport in general.
The introduction of new directors in May 2016 and the Board, including the introduction of a Community Chairman Kevin Hull, and further Directors in May 2017 have paved the way for control of the club to move towards a chorus of voices which I believe is the best way forward, to keep the club moving from strength to strength and therefore ensure that the club remains stable and financially viable.
We are also very lucky to have Matt Clements and his team on board with us. I’m sure you will agree that Matt and his team are doing a fantastic job and I know the board (as well as myself) will continue to look at ways to integrate Matt into the clubs very fabric as well as look at ways to increase the funds made available to the first teams budget over the coming seasons while at the same time be mindful that we are now a club that is and needs to continue to be self-funded.
Thanks to all that have supported myself and the club during the last two years especially those that have contributed enormously during what has been a pretty difficult transitional period and here’s to further growth and success both on and off the pitch.”
The new Club Chairman will be announced by the Board of Directors in the very near future once all FA paperwork has been completed.