The Board of Directors wish to place on record how disappointed they are with recent results. No-one at the Club would wish a winless run of 10 games and this run has hurt everyone involved.
The Club's fall from play-off contenders to the bottom half of the table has been for everyone concerned a demoralising few weeks.
This form has led to some supporters to vocally call for a change of leadership both on and off the pitch.
As reported, the Board of Directors met on Wednesday to discuss a number of these matters and agree actions to be taken.
Regime Change on the Pitch
With regards to continued calls for regime change on the pitch, as outlined earlier this month, the Board continue to support the management team.
Despite pressure and direction to do otherwise, the Board are firmly of the opinion that, with time, Russell and Paul will turn the results around on the pitch and assemble a team capable of challenging in League Two next season.
In the fickle and volatile world of football in which we operate, Football Clubs far too quickly respond to demands to change managers with the hope of a short-term points boost.
The Club remained staunch in their support of Paul Hurst as manager, despite some difficult times, and will continue to support the current management team.
The Board firmly believed that Russell Slade and Paul Wilkinson were the right men to lead the Club when they were appointed eleven months ago and continue to believe this today.
Regime Change Off The Pitch - Long Term
As recently outlined and widely publicised the Club have taken numerous steps over the years to attract outside investment including hiring external consultants to lead this process. These efforts have thus far failed to attract viable interest.
The Board reiterated today that the Club remains open to further external investment to work with the current Board.
Alternatively, we invite any interested parties who feel that they have the wherewithal to take over the financial and operational running of the Club without the existing Directors to approach the Club to discuss the process.
Such approach may be by an individual, consortium or appropriate organisation.
The existing Directors’ loans and shareholding would not be a barrier to any interested parties subject to the usual due diligence taking place. Interested parties should approach the Club through Stephen Marley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Regime Change Off The Pitch - Short Term
The Board also wish to state on record how seriously they take their role as the current custodians of this 140-year-old Football Club. We will therefore continue to act in the Club’s best interests until a suitable party is found to take over the financial and operational running of the Club.
The recent examples of Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient, Stockport County, Hereford United, Torquay United and others illustrate the dangers of such custodians walking away without a suitable party in place to take over this significant financial, personal and time burden. This must not be allowed to happen to this Club and the Board will continue to take on this responsibility until a credible alternative or solution is found.
Until such a party comes forward, we urge fans not to let their grievances with the Board have a detrimental impact on the support we know they can give so passionately to the players.
Supporters should not underestimate the impact the current environment at Blundell Park has on the players. It does nothing to help the team. We therefore ask the fans to do what they do best and that is to get behind the team and give them their wholehearted support.
Finally, we are delighted with the signings of Simeon Jackson and Easah Suliman who will strengthen our squad as we approach the final third of the season. These exciting, proven additions, alongside those of Charles Vernam, Jake Kean and Malik Wilks, put us in a good place to end this season positively and move back up the table.