Gloucester City Football Club can announce that consultant Colin Peake will stand down from his day to day involvement with the club at the end of May.\r\n\r\nPeake has been involved with the club since July 2012 and has helped stabilise the Tigers off the pitch, but will remain connected with the planning and progression of the new stadium project.\r\n\r\nChairman Stuart Pike believes that Peake as been instrumental in his leadership since coming to the club and has left the club in a much better state.\r\n\r\n”Colin was brought into the club some 20 months ago to oversee and plan a restructure of the club along with the task of securing new funding streams,” Pike said.\r\n\r\n“At that time the Club was facing an uncertain future, yet despite some who may not have agreed with his strict stance on certain issues, he never once stepped back from facing crucial decisions and called it how it was; he has been instrumental in strong leadership being re-established throughout all areas of club operations.”\r\n\r\n”His resolve to tackle the way the club was operating when he arrived and bring about fundamental change has been fully vindicated and the restructure he designed is unique in football at our level and it is now in place with a fully functioning management team.\r\n\r\n“We have new ‘brand sponsors’ on board and more importantly the club is in a solvent position with no debt.”\r\n\r\n”Colin has informed us he feels it is time he transfers his valuable experience and contacts into other areas to benefit us and my fellow board members, in unison with the directors of the Limited Company, are extremely pleased Colin will stay connected with the plans and progression of the new stadium project.\r\n\r\n“Our planned move back to the City is critical to our long term aspirations, and already he has been able to lend his knowledge to those plans and identify new personnel recruited to assist completion, so we wholeheartedly welcome his commitment to work alongside those tasked to bring the new stadium to fruition.”\r\n\r\nPike stated he and supporters of the club were indebted to a whole raft of work Colin has done for the club, much of it often unseen.\r\n\r\nPeake has been juggling all this with an increased workload in his capacity of being a director of the Football Conference, which over the next 12 months will increase even more due to unexpected changes within the competition.\r\n\r\n“Colin during his time advising me and before me my predecessor Nigel Hughes has remained neutral in his consultant role, ensuring he never compromised his duty to the other member clubs in the Conference.\r\n\r\n“Without question the Club is now in a healthier position than when he arrived.\r\n\r\n“The Club will move to make the necessary adjustments on the football side and those announcements will be made after the next meeting of the Management Board have discussed all options.”

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