I hope you and your loved ones had a joyful Christmas.
It seems we have lurched from one crisis – the Covid pandemic – to the cost-of-living crisis which is hitting so many families and individuals very hard with rocketing food and energy costs.
With that in mind, I wanted to thank members for their fantastic support for the Trust’s collections for local foodbanks which have helped feed those struggling to make ends meet. We intend doing another collection around next Easter.
On the field, it has been another year of upheaval with Steve Morison replaced by Mark Hudson as manager and the team at the wrong end of the Championship table for a second consecutive year. We hope for a better second half of the season with the team retaining our place in the Championship.
Of course, there are plenty of off-field issues, principally the transfer embargo imposed by FIFA in the wake of Sala tragedy and the dispute over the payment of transfer funds to Nantes.
As you know, we have recently had meetings with chief executive Ken Choo to discuss the implications of the Fans-Led Review of Football carried out by former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch which proposes far greater involvement in clubs for supporters, something we welcome.
We also met Chairman Mehmet Dalman and other club executives and the Trust believes that far greater dialogue with supporters is crucial to the success of the club. Fans naturally want to hear from those at the top about where the club is going and we will continue to press the club leadership.
Let’s hope for a better 2023 for us all, both on and off the field.
Thank you for your continuing support for the work of the Trust on behalf of fans.
In the meantime, Happy New Year/Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.