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From The Boardroom: Dagenham & Redbridge

2 December 2018

Raj Singh Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Chairman Raj Singh

Read what Chairman Raj Singh had to say in his Programme column for Saturday's game against The Daggers.

Good afternoon and welcome to everyone for our Vanarama National League game against Dagenham & Redbridge at The Super 6 Stadium.

As ever, I would like to begin by offering a warm welcome to our visiting guests and Directors from Dagenham – we know you’ve had a long trip but we will make sure you are looked after well during your stay with us this afternoon.

Following on from my Programme notes on Tuesday night, our bad run of results unfortunately carried on against AFC Fylde and during the week I had a very tough call to make.

I don’t think there is ever a perfect time to make the decision to change your Manager. Do you persevere and wait a little longer and hope things will turn with the potential for more damage to be done? It’s a very difficult situation and there is no right answer.

We gave Matty all the support we could and that’s something he has commented on in the past and explained how happy he was with the backing he received. We tried to give him as long as possible but, in the end, when you’ve picked up five points from the last available 30 something has to give.

We had a meeting with Matty on Wednesday when everything was discussed openly and honestly. After all of the conversations, the Board took the decision that we had to make a change, otherwise – as one Director commented – we could be sleepwalking in to a relegation fight.

I would like to thank Matty for his contribution, just as I did in my statement on Wednesday because he helped save the Club last season by keeping us in the National League.

I have to admit that I was really in two minds when I was looking at the league table during the takeover talks and thinking about whether I could take over if the Club had been relegated. I think that all Pools fans owe Matty a lot of gratitude for the work he did to keep the team up.

He leaves the Club with our very best wishes for the future and for whatever he chooses to do next in his career.

The next step for us is that Craig Hignett will take temporary charge of the team for the immediate future. We have already had plenty of candidates apply for the role but I think it’s important we take our time and not rush in to any decisions so having Craig there to hold the fort is beneficial during this period.

Whilst we won’t rush, we do want to look to make an appointment as soon as possible so we’ll go through that process and make sure that we get the right man in place.

As I have said plenty of times before in my Programme notes, let’s all stick together now and keep supporting the team – your backing can help us get a very important result today.

Enjoy the game.


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