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Mike Cook Reflects The Week Just Gone ahead of Braintree

It has been a hectic week both on and off the field for Gloucester City this week, with manager Mike Cook sharing his thoughts ahead of Saturday’s cup clash with National League South side Braintree.

On Tuesday City narrowly lost out 2-0 to Brackley Town, Cook reflected on the defeat by saying, “In all honest I don’t think it was a bad performance, we’ve had a lot of injuries and when you’re in this position you get a lot of things go against you.”

“The supporters were right behind us and didn’t stop singing all night which helped and we need that to continue because their support is so important for us right now.”

In wake of that defeat the club confirmed owners Patrick and Nicky Chambers were stepping down from their roles with immediate effect, leaving at a time with the club bottom of the table.

Cook was quick to express his gratitude to the pair and explained his plans for the future of his team.

“We heard about Patrick and Nicky at around 10am (Thursday morning) so it gave us time to take it in, I then spoke with Alex Pethram and we had a long conversation in which we decided that the best thing to do for the club was to work together as best we can.”

“It’s a club that I love and have a lot of respect for so we want nothing but the best and we are going to try our hardest to do that.”

As well as the owners, it was confirmed that striker Harry Williams was departing the club on a permanent basis to join Salisbury.

“The decision to let Harry leave was a mutual one” Cook explained, “He wanted to be starting more games and a club made an offer that would benefit him and the club financially. It frees up some space for up money-wise so we can now look at who to bring in.”

As the squad prepare to turn their attentions to the FA Trophy, Cook provided an update on his team.

“Everyone’s focused and positive, we have a new lad Liam Cross joining us from Brackley, he’s an exciting winger that can give us something a bit different. Overall though the team have been brilliant, really focused and hopefully we can get a result.”

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When the going gets tough the tough get going. Surprised at new owners have walked away. Running Gloucester City has never been easy, the trouble at City over the past few years is the lack of a Board of Directors. Local business people all with areas of responsibility, sharing the work load and getting financial support from Gloucester Businesses. From the outside looking in I got the feeling that the soul of the club was lost, former Chairmen were no longer wanted as the past was the past and the History of this Great Club didn't matter. You reap what you sow and the great fans must be disappointed in the way the club has been allowed to deteriorate to…

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