Welcome to today’s home game against Aldershot Town and we would like to particularly welcome Shahid Azeem and his fellow Directors.
I’m now back in the UK after a successful business trip to California but there is no doubt our run of results and underlying performances, whilst I’ve been away, have all but extinguished our chances of reaching the play-offs this season.
Whilst we still hope that we can put a succession of wins together, especially given the run of home games in hand that we have, the focus of our attention is now transferred to assessing what has gone wrong this season and preparing for next season’s campaign.
It is hard to explain our run of recent results, especially given the quality of our squad. For sure, injuries have played a part, but I am not in the market for excuses and we will focus on hard-nosed, objective assessment and assessing the brutal reality.
We have simply not been good enough this season and we will work tirelessly to put things right.
The good news is that foundations at the club continue to be strengthened and we have a united Board and Shareholder base committed to realising our ambitions for the club.
The reality is that success is hard won and, on all journeys, there are hiccups and disappointments along the way.
The best teams, organisations and businesses come together, especially at these times, remaining focussed on the bigger picture, identifying the key issues to be addressed and certainly avoiding a blame culture.
There is no doubt that everyone at the club this season has been committed to delivering success, but it has not happened.
On this theme, I would like to thank Jimmy Shan and Richard Beale for their tireless work and commitment to push Moors forward.
Most importantly, both are genuine, first-class individuals who remain popular around the club and across Midlands football.
I am sure they, like myself and the rest of the club, will consider how they may have done things differently. Winners rigorously address both success and failure and both Jimmy and Richard are winners. I am sure they will have many future successes.
I’d also like to thank Mark Yates for stepping into the breach. He is another top-class individual and has a strong affinity with the club. He is a winner and will ensure the squad gives every ounce of effort to ensure we finish the season as strongly as possible.
As soon as we can, we will hold a fans forum to answer any questions and discuss the progress at the club more generally.
We cannot allow the recent disappointing results to deflect from the huge amount of progress we are making, especially in the community.
I cannot stress enough that we must achieve success both on and off the pitch and I would urge everyone to get involved in supporting the £1m fundraise for the new Community and Education Centre - watch this space!