Gloucester City AFC can today announce leadership changes with Co-Owners Alex Petheram and Eamonn McGurk stepping away from their roles as Co-Chairmen, to focus on the overall strategy of the Gloucester Sport model.
Co-Owner Eamonn McGurk had this to say:
“These are the next steps to the progression of the football club. We’ve come a long way under the last stewardship, one that I was proud to be part of and I’m excited to see how the future plays out.”
Co-Owner Alex Petheram had this to say:
“We have experienced considerable growth from the conception of Gloucester Sport 14 months ago. This growth has pulled myself and Eamonn more and more away from the day to day running of the football club. With this in mind, we have felt it’s time to accelerate some of our plans which will allow us to step back and continue to lead the long-term strategy. Both myself and Eamonn see this as a hugely positive move and look forward to your continuing support.”
CEO, Jay Marriott will now take a more visible leadership role within the club itself, as well as continuing to build the basketball program, which will see its first hire in September with Jimmy Bower joining the Gloucester Sport family as Gloucester City Queens Head Coach.
Alex Petheram continued to say:
“The plan has always been to centralise our staffing structure and align with the Gloucester Sport model. Jay has spent 14 months in the background working closely with us as ownership and focusing on our short-term sustainability and long-term growth. The clubs staffing structure will now report into Jay directly and update us monthly on where we are as a business. This is necessary growth and we plan to still be at every home game cheering the boys on.”
CEO, Jay Marriott said:
“This is an exciting time for the club, it’s been a hard decision for Eamonn and Alex as they have loved the day to day, but in order to grow we have to keep implementing structure. I’m thankful they trust me to play such a big part in the future for both club and business. Securing long term commitment from the Malvern Tyres Group, Tiger Turf UK and Kappa in the summer we feel we are building key partnerships for growth. Gloucester City AFC first-team manager, Lee Mansell, Queens Head Coach, Jimmy Bower and Gloucester Sport Operations Manager, Dave Herridge are key additions and I’m excited to work closer with them over the coming months as we evaluate the improvements we need to make. Long-term, I’m tasked with making sure we explore investment opportunities that can help us achieve and survive at the levels we plan to go to."
"For fans, sponsors and partners there will be no disruption to this season with Alex and Eamonn having already started the process of stepping back before pre-season but feeling this announcement is a statement of intent and ambition."