Gloucester City would like to announce that Chairman Stuart Pike has decided to step back from the role at the club with immediate effect.\r\n\r\nVice-Chairman Mike Dunstan will now step up to the role in an acting capacity for the time being.\r\n\r\nPike has stressed that he will remain an avid supporter of the club and it was always his intention to step down once the plans for the club’s new ground were submitted to the Council, which is imminently.\r\n\r\n“When I agreed to take over as Chairman from Nigel Hughes it was always my intention to stand aside once the plans for the new ground were submitted to the Council, and that is now imminent,” Pike said.\r\n\r\n“That will spark a huge surge in work to develop the off-field commercial and community operations to maximise the benefits the stadium will deliver and it is my belief that the interests of the club would be better served by someone that can really drive those activities as the Club comes home.”\r\n\r\n“I hope that by standing aside I have created the opening for new blood to come in to help this to happen.”\r\n\r\nDunstan, a life-long supporter of the club, and a volunteer at Gloucester City for over 20 years, considers being Chairman the highest honour but believes he is not the right man in the long term.\r\n\r\n“I am really sad to see Stuart leave as he has supported the club through a difficult time, and been extremely generous with both his time and sponsorship; Stuart won’t be a stranger to the club though and will always be welcome,” Dunstan expressed.\r\n\r\n“As a Board we have traditionally looked from within when looking for a new Chairman, and have found some wonderfully committed and passionate people to perform the role; I consider being Chairman the highest honour, but I am not the right man for the job long term one.”\r\n\r\n“We need to build on recent accomplishments off the pitch by attracting significant new business acumen to the Management Board to drive commercial development.”\r\n\r\n“Building a new stadium is a massive part of the development of the club but it needs to be matched by a strong business-orientated team that can maximise the benefits from what will be a fantastic new facility in the heart of Gloucester.”\r\n\r\n“I will work with members of the Management Board, other sections of the club and with the business community of the county to ensure that happens in a smooth and measured fashion, we can afford to take a little time to get this right – there is no panic and no need to rush.”\r\n\r\n“We have a club that is debt free thanks to the continued commitment of its owners and major benefactors, has an passionate and hardworking group of volunteers at all levels driving the club forward, an ambitious and committed manager who is putting together an exciting team and a thriving Youth and Community section that is catering for the youth of Gloucester from age eight to adult.”\r\n\r\n“We expect in coming weeks to have exciting player, commercial and ground news to announce, so we continue with great optimism for the future – this is a club on the up, and with a lot of offer to the City.”\r\n\r\nAnyone with a strong business background who wishes to be part of this exciting future can speak to any member of the Management Board, or contact Mike Dunstan on 07899743951 or email (c[email protected]).

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