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28 Jan 2021 : Chairman's Update - Week 1

It's been a hectic time for myself and the club since I was appointed as Chairman. There is lots going on at the club even though we aren't actually playing football.

Myself and my Vice Chairman, Peter Cartledge, met with our manager Calum McIntyre. Although he is disappointed that the season has been suspended and is likely to be ended, he is optimistic for the future and already planning for the resumption of football, whenever that may be.

We received the FA survey on the continuation or curtailment of the 2020/21 season. We at Runcorn Linnets are desperate to be playing football again as soon as possible. If we could see a way of finishing this season before May then that is how we would have voted. However, we must put the wellbeing of our players, staff, volunteers and fans first. At the moment it is simply not safe to host football matches and we have a duty of care to everyone involved at Runcorn Linnets.

If football can resume once lockdown ends, we then have to consider player welfare and playing the remaining fixtures before the end of May or beyond didn't seem feasible without putting unacceptable strain on our players.

With that in mind and after consulting with the manager we voted to end the 2020/21 season immediately and restart in August to complete the 2020/21 fixtures.

We now have to wait for the league to make a decision, but I can't see anything other than the season ending immediately.

We have appointed Rob Findlay as Commercial Manager. Rob was previously on the board as Commercial Manager and Vice Chairman and his expertise will be essential in us achieving our goals.

Peter Cartledge has agreed to take on the role of Club Secretary and I am very grateful to him for taking on such a challenging role as well as his other responsibilities. We will be announcing further roles and responsibilities in the coming weeks.

The Trust AGM will be held online on 11th March at 7pm and more information will be sent on this separately. Although the Trust members voted to delay the AGM until it could be held in person, our statutory obligations mean that we need to hold the AGM before the end of March and it is unlikely the COVID19 restrictions will be eased enough to allow this.

I just wanted to reiterate that Runcorn Linnets is a community club and we are here for you. If you need anything then please contact us. Stay home, stay safe and we'll see you all soon.

Dave Jones

Chairman - Runcorn Linnets FC

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