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post Apr 18 2017, 08:25 PM
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City Fans United (CFU) director Alan Povey has decided to step down from his role as director/chair for personal reasons.

Alan goes with the best wishes of all the other board members and their thanks for his contribution over the past year.



Current vice chairman, Jonny Hughes will serve as acting chair of CFU until the AGM in October.

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post Apr 20 2017, 09:27 AM
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This is very sad and disappointing news.

It seems that almost as soon as we get a decent skilled experienced Chairman for CFU that we are so soon losing them. This has happened now several times in succession. We have had these super Chairmen and all seems to be going along well and then bang suddenly they are gone and we have to start again getting the next Chairman up to speed. It is such a waste of effort and a damned shame for the people concerned who have each done such a good job but this apparently constant changeover of the Chair is not good for CFU. We cannot continue keeping changing the management and losing this very high quality talent. Can therefore someone please ask a question at tonight's CFU meeting? Are there any common features in the CFU losing its experienced Chairmen so frequently? And if it appears that there is something common that has happened can something be done about it by the Board to ensure thsat these problems or issues that are causing this loss of Chairmen is removed or controlled? It is not good for our club to have a kind of revolving door Chair of CFU - we need stability for success and that should be a prime aim.
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post Apr 20 2017, 08:15 PM
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QUOTE (JamesDee @ Apr 20 2017, 09:27 AM) *
This is very sad and disappointing news.

It seems that almost as soon as we get a decent skilled experienced Chairman for CFU that we are so soon losing them. This has happened now several times in succession. We have had these super Chairmen and all seems to be going along well and then bang suddenly they are gone and we have to start again getting the next Chairman up to speed. It is such a waste of effort and a damned shame for the people concerned who have each done such a good job but this apparently constant changeover of the Chair is not good for CFU. We cannot continue keeping changing the management and losing this very high quality talent. Can therefore someone please ask a question at tonight's CFU meeting? Are there any common features in the CFU losing its experienced Chairmen so frequently? And if it appears that there is something common that has happened can something be done about it by the Board to ensure thsat these problems or issues that are causing this loss of Chairmen is removed or controlled? It is not good for our club to have a kind of revolving door Chair of CFU - we need stability for success and that should be a prime aim.


James, I am not sure that any of our Chairman have been 'skilled' or 'experienced' in chairing a fans owned club which becomes increasingly obvious is not an easy job. This is in no way a criticism of any of them but it becomes more and more obvious that that person needs to have 25 hours in every day and a very thick skin. All the Chairs have started really well but things have ground them all down. Similarly this applies to all Board members. From Day 1 of the reformation, too many have started but not finished their term of office and this is a worry.

Mark Maquire hasn't been in the job a season yet but I suspect that he is probably doing a lot of the spade work himself - he was clearing the pitch for one match. Shouldn't we be forming some working groups to take on some of these tasks and see things through? I really believe that if the fans have a much clearer idea of what we cannot do because we don't have enough volunteers or we don't have the right skills and these are publicised more (not just on social media but via all communication channels) then we may start to tick some things off that desperately needs to take us from a club treading water to one going places.

We, the Exiles, have offered to help with CFU membership reminders by ringing around as we can do stuff like that from a distance but that has not really got anywhere yet although with the appointment of David O'Toole then that hopefully will now kick on.

I am also still of the opinion we should have a target figure for fundraising with a continuous update on what has been raised so far so fans can see how they can personally effect a difference in our budget.

I would have liked to have asked some of these questions on the streaming tonight but sadly it isn't working. Not a big criticism in the grand scheme of things but they start to niggle when frustrations start to kick in.


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post Apr 21 2017, 09:13 AM
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QUOTE (Pauline M @ Apr 21 2017, 05:45 AM) *
QUOTE (JamesDee @ Apr 20 2017, 09:27 AM) *
This is very sad and disappointing news.

It seems that almost as soon as we get a decent skilled experienced Chairman for CFU that we are so soon losing them. This has happened now several times in succession. We have had these super Chairmen and all seems to be going along well and then bang suddenly they are gone and we have to start again getting the next Chairman up to speed. It is such a waste of effort and a damned shame for the people concerned who have each done such a good job but this apparently constant changeover of the Chair is not good for CFU. We cannot continue keeping changing the management and losing this very high quality talent. Can therefore someone please ask a question at tonight's CFU meeting? Are there any common features in the CFU losing its experienced Chairmen so frequently? And if it appears that there is something common that has happened can something be done about it by the Board to ensure thsat these problems or issues that are causing this loss of Chairmen is removed or controlled? It is not good for our club to have a kind of revolving door Chair of CFU - we need stability for success and that should be a prime aim.


James, I am not sure that any of our Chairman have been 'skilled' or 'experienced' in chairing a fans owned club which becomes increasingly obvious is not an easy job. This is in no way a criticism of any of them but it becomes more and more obvious that that person needs to have 25 hours in every day and a very thick skin. All the Chairs have started really well but things have ground them all down. Similarly this applies to all Board members. From Day 1 of the reformation, too many have started but not finished their term of office and this is a worry.

Mark Maquire hasn't been in the job a season yet but I suspect that he is probably doing a lot of the spade work himself - he was clearing the pitch for one match. Shouldn't we be forming some working groups to take on some of these tasks and see things through? I really believe that if the fans have a much clearer idea of what we cannot do because we don't have enough volunteers or we don't have the right skills and these are publicised more (not just on social media but via all communication channels) then we may start to tick some things off that desperately needs to take us from a club treading water to one going places.

We, the Exiles, have offered to help with CFU membership reminders by ringing around as we can do stuff like that from a distance but that has not really got anywhere yet although with the appointment of David O'Toole then that hopefully will now kick on.

I am also still of the opinion we should have a target figure for fundraising with a continuous update on what has been raised so far so fans can see how they can personally effect a difference in our budget.

I would have liked to have asked some of these questions on the streaming tonight but sadly it isn't working. Not a big criticism in the grand scheme of things but they start to niggle when frustrations start to kick in.


Thank you for responding and correcting my statement about acquired "skill" and "experience". You are there on the spot and knowing them just a little - I was going by their stated backgrounds. This seemingly constant changeover of "good" people at the top after such relatively short periods of time in office cannot be good for the club. There has to be continuity of growing experienced service for the club to succeed. You also include the changeover of Board members too and that is also no good for the club. This also needs to be examined and a solution found otherwise the future will be grim for a fan owned club. Question: Do we need to consider paying them to stay if they are good? Rather than depending on just a fan's freely offered goodwill?
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post Apr 21 2017, 11:30 AM
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gutted that Alan has left, it is clearly a demanding and thankless job,
you will have to be pretty thick skinned to do that job, a tough job,
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