MANAGER Carl Adams insists the exit of chairperson Melanie Tweddle will not destabilise Stratford Town’s continuing plans to grow.
The club announced yesterday (Thursday) that Tweddle, who replaced Craig Hughes last year, had decided to stand down because of increased work and family commitments.
In a statement, Town officials paid tribute and said the club would be looking for another person to focus on commercial matters, as well as new board members to help the club continue to compete in the Southern Premier.
Adams said he had enjoyed a good working relationship with Tweddle, a successful busineswoman.
“It’s a shame Melanie is stepping down, she has been good for me and whenever I’ve asked for anything she’s tried to help. She’s done an awful lot for the club in terms of sponsorship.
“But I don’t think her decision will create any uncertainty because Stratford Town is a well-run, self-financed club. The club is stable and we are growing slowly and steadily.”
In a statement, Town said: “Melanie has played a pivotal part in the success of the club for over ten years, joining when Stratford were based at their old ground in Masons Road.
“She has guided the commercial arm of the business through the move to our excellent facilities at Knights Lane and our subsequent double promotion into the Southern Premier League.
“Every club at this level is heavily dependent on its sponsors and Melanie always managed to maximise the club’s relationships with its sponsors even during the recent difficult years of financial stagnation and recession.
“Without her expertise the club would not be in its current position on or off the field. We would like to thank her for all her efforts and wish her every success in the future.
“The club are actively seeking to appoint another commercial person as well as new members of the board who will add to the skills that will take the club forward. In the meantime the club will be run by the remaining directors.”
The recently-formed Stratford Town Independent Supporters Association has called for more supporters’ involvement in the club.
Meanwhile, Adams hopes to complete the signing of young midfielder Ben Stephens from Kettering Town in time for tomorrow’s trip to Basingstoke Town.
The former Oadby Town player has trained with Stratford and was expected to sign after training last night.
“Whenever Ben has played against me, he’s impressed. He has been very tricky, very skilful,” said Adams.
“With the number of games we’ve got coming up – we’ll be playing Saturday-midweek-Saturday until the new year – we need a few more bodies.”
Stephens’ signing follows the return of striker Mike Taylor who has rejoined after a spell at Redditch United.
After the trip to Basingstoke, who lie two points and two place above 14th placed Town, Adams’ men welcome third placed Slough Town to the DCS Stadium on Tuesday and then travel to Merthyr Town next Saturday in a rescheduled fixture.