25 May 2000
Chairman Chester City FC
I am writing to tender my resignation
as Director of Chester City FC. I would first like
to thank you for the opportunity to serve the Football
Club. But due to a combination of personal and professional
commitments – not least no longer living in the Chester
area – I now find it impossible to continue.
This gives me the opportunity to
state my views about the future of the Club that hitherto
it would have been inappropriate for me to express
publicly. There are three points I would like to make.
Firstly, the decision to appoint
Ian Atkins was inspired and so nearly brought us to
safety. I would put the appointment of Ian, or a manager
of similar drive and status (should he be attracted
to a League Club) with the funding for a full professional
squad above anything else.
Secondly, I have always believed
that the future of the Club depends on successfully
building a partnership between the Club and the local
community. It seems to me that we are in many ways
further away from this aspiration than ever. I would
urge you to take the lead and immediately draw in all
interested parties who have the best interests of the
Club at heart – and there are many – to devise an ambitious
plan for the Club. I know that much of this work is
underway, but to realise it there must be genuine partnership.
Such an initiative might provide the resources necessary
to attract the right manager and provide him with the
tools to do the job.
Thirdly, I would like to pay tribute
to the tireless work that has been undertaken by everyone
associated with the Club this season. But I would like
single out Michael Fair and Paul Murray who have worked
behind the scenes, unable to respond to criticism so
unjustifiably levelled at them. In my view they were
completely correct in remaining at the Club when it
would have been easier to walk away in order to retain
a level of supporter influence at Board Room level.
I know you to have valued their contribution. They
are true Chester fans and I know will always remain
Finally, I must distance myself from
the comments you have made about the ISA. I know that
I speak for Michael and Paul when I say that I have
no doubt whatsoever that the ISA members and Committee
are loyal, passionate and committed to Chester City
Football Club. I have not always agreed with their
views but absolutely defend their right as an Independent
body to express them. The work undertaken by the ISA
from its inception was always a team effort and not
the work of a few individuals and it remains so. It
was a privilege to be part of it and I am firmly of
the view that a successful supporters’ organisation
is a vital ingredient to the future success of the
It is fruitful to analyse what has
happened only in so far as it informs our future actions.
We must not fall into the easy trap of apportioning
blame, but make sure that we do not repeat the mistakes
that have been made and that we build on the things
we have done well.
I wish you and everyone at the Club
the very best for the forthcoming season.
I will be lending my support from
Best wishes David Evans