June 3, 2014
TO:-All BRSC members
FROM:- BRSC Executive Committee
BRSC EGM Questions
Please find below all of the questions that have been submitted by supporters club members for the BRSC Extraordinary General Meeting at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday 17th June 2014 between 7.00 and 9.00pm. Those who have submitted questions will hopefully be able and willing to ask their particular questions at the meeting. The first group of 16 questions were sent in by individual members while the second group of 28 questions, based on comments made by members during the season and since our relegation, have been compiled by the members of the executive committee. If any supporters club members have submitted questions and they are not included below can they please contact us at the club shop as a matter of urgency.
By Sunday 8th June 2014 the questions will be grouped into categories in an effort to facilitate a more coherent structure for the meeting. This reconstructed list will be placed on the BRSC website at least one week before the meeting.
QUESTIONS SUBMITTED FOR THE BRSC EGM BY THE MEMBERS
Q.1. Last season their were a lot of questions asked throughout the fanbase about transparency. We got given information about what was happening, but never seemed to get any information about why it happened. Norburns sudden exit, the richards / gow switch, ward being ‘moved upstairs’ at a critical time of the season are all examples. I fully understand that you cannot give out every drop of information, and you might not of realised that you were alienating your own fans but can you please explain to me what you will do to make fans feel that your not pulling the blinds down on them in the future.
Q2. Following the review and evaluation into the causes of the relegation of Bristol Rovers Football Club by the Board of Directors if it is found that any of the Board of Directors are found to be culpable with the cause of the relegation will they be asked to resign ?
Q3. Having disenfranchised nearly 10,500 members of the Bristol Rovers Fans Forum following it’s closure what are you going to do to re-engage with many of those loyal Bristol Rovers supporters who are still extremely very angry with that decision other than through Twitter or Facebook?
Q4. Would you be prepared to resurrect the Bristol Rovers Fans Forum to run as an unofficial site with independent moderators to enable all the information that has been lost i.e. Fans Forum Sponsors Club to be resurrected?
Q.5. Are BRFC going to hire a football person(analyst) to regularly assess the performance of the team & hold the manager and his assistant accountable?
( I feel a weekly review of the previous performance of the team should be held, this would avoid the problems experienced in recent seasons, whereby poor selection, tactics & recruitment have seriously hindered the team, ending again in a relegation , we all know where to. Many supporters could see where the problems were last season, Darrell Clarke said he too could see where the problems were last season in his post season interview with Geoff Twentyman, yet all were powerless to do anything about it, because “it was John’s team”. In holding assessments a club is not doing the managers job for him, it is working with him to identify the positives and weaknesses, it focuses the mind of any individual if they know that they will be asked about why they made the business/footballing decisions that they made and the impact that those decisions have had on the results of the team or company. If a manager is left to his own devices & can play as we have witnessed a Virgo up front or a system of play that has failed week after week, then eventually, whilst nothing is being said to halt this situation, he is eventually sacked.)
Q.6. ‘On the last day of the season, it was clear that the Club wanted the police to deal with any criminal behaviour by the fans, on a zero tolerance basis, can the Club confirm that a similar approach was taken to any criminal activity in which staff or players were involved during the season and can the Club give any more information around the termination by mutual consent, of one players contract, in March ?
Q.7. Why was no striker brought in during the last window and then the experienced manager moved upstairs right at the end of it? (We had strikers, yes, but they were unfit or not on form.)
Q.8. Does the constitution of BRSC, in 2.6 mean that BRSC has to implicitly follow every action of BRFC?
Q.9. Will the SC carry out a review of the roles played by the Fans’ Directors? Are they able to influence board discussions or actions? Could an example be given by each director of some thing they have been solely responsible for?
Q.10. Could the club, Chairman, manager or whoever stop appealing to supporters to turn up at games and get behind the team? Attendances both home and away are above average and the fanbase is the least problem the club faces.
Q.11. Is the relationship between the Supporters club and the Football Club a little too comfortable, meaning that the Supporters are unable to hold the Directors fully to account ?
Q.12. Do the fans feel the Fans Directors performance has been adequate ?
Q.13. Considering the fact the club has been relegated to the Conference,is it not surprising that that no-one on the board has resigned ?
Q.14. Has the board completed it`s review. and considering their lamentable record in the last few years, is there any likelihood they will learn from past mistakes ?
Q.15. Does Darrell Clarke believe he can build a squad that can compete at the top end of the table?
Q.16. I don’t believe we are challenging our relegation. We played crap and deserved it. Where does that leave us in the transfer market? Which Division are we recruiting for? This could delay crucial signings. What a shambles! Higgs has spent too much time listening to bloodsucking lawyers get rich regardless of how things turn out. Really annoyed.
QUESTIONS SUBMITTED FOR THE BRSC EGM BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMMITTEE MEMBERS
Q.17. At an open forum earlier this year it was stated that the football club would be looking to employ a Chief Executive Officer in the future. Can you confirm that this will still happen and give us some idea of the timescale before a Chief Executive or an MD is appointed?
Q.18. To produce meaningful change, structural improvements and the leap forward the club desires an externally recruited CEO is necessary.
Can you confirm that the review of club operations has identified that this fresh appointment is one of the key catalysts for moving forward?
Q.19. Supporters have expressed concerns that the club has focused too much on the New Stadium rather than the footballing side. Is it now time for the Chairman’s skills in delivering the stadium to be acknowledged by delegating the footballing side to another director or a CEO?
Q.20. There has been considerable questioning of the inadequacy of the scouting structure at the club in recent times. Can you confirm what the scouting system in future will be and why this will be an improvement on the system under recent managers?
Q.21. In recent seasons we have seen a succession of players with long term injuries. Has the review of the club’s operations been able to identify any ways in which this can be avoided in the future?
Q.22. There has been considerable concern expressed about the apparent lack of financial planning for a possible relegation. Is it possible now to confirm the total amounts and sources of lost income for next year and subsequent years as a result of our relegation?
Q.23. In light of the fact that we have signed several players in recent seasons that have then been plagued by injuries does our medical assessment procedure before signing players need to be examined?
Q.24. Can you explain why an external group or individual was not brought into the club to conduct the thorough and detailed review of the entire organisation that it has been stated is required to bring around structural improvements?
Q.25. It has been announced that directors have been given specific responsibility for aspects of the football club. Could you outline the areas identified to focus upon, the directors allocated to each area and the outcomes of each area reviewed?
Q.26. Player recruitment appears to have been problematic in recent times. Has the review conducted by the board identified any ways in which the ability to attract players to the club will be less of an issue in the season ahead?
Q.27. Relegation does not happen entirely by accident. Has the review and evaluation of the events of recent times identified any particular areas that the board are prepared to state were the decisions or non-actions that were most harmful to the aim of keeping league status?
Q.28. Can you outline how young players who have recently stepped up from the youth ranks such as Aaron, Jamie, Dominic and Danny will improve in the season ahead when there is no league for them to play in and an absence of competitive matches for them to play in?
Q.29. It has been stated that the youth team funding is phased out over two seasons when a side leaves the league. Can you outline how the youth team structure will be maintained and how the youth team at the club will be funded if we do not get back into the league quickly?
Q.30. Is there a need for new financial support for the board from people who are not currently part of the board of directors?
Q.31. Has the review identified that there is a need for a fresh influx of directors with time, energy and expertise to ensure that the football club can make the best of the potential benefits from the new stadium development?
Q.32. Currently, training for teams within the football club is based at a number of separate bases. Is the club in a position to actively seek to improve the training facilities for the youth team, the first team and for the club as a whole?
Q.33. Can you confirm that the UWE Stadium development plans are on course and that there are no new unannounced legal barriers?
Q.34. Is there a commitment from the board to provide a club pay policy that is much more incentive based designed to attract hungry and ambitious players with something to prove even though it may hinder the recruitment of more established league players?
Q.35. Can you confirm whether or not there are the equivalent of FFP/SCMP restrictions in non-league football that will limit our financial decisions and recruitment of players in the year ahead?
Q.36. What are the key actions the Board intend to take to ensure the swiftest possible return to the Football League?
Q.37. What are the most important decisions the board will be making to ensure that we have a successful 2014/15 season?
Q.38. Will our relegation limit or prevent any of the community based events that the club is currently involved with?
Q.39. From the point of view of the board of directors, what would be lost if there were no supporters club directors at board meetings?
Q.40. From the point of view of the board of directors, what would be lost if there was not an active supporters club?
Q.41. John Ward was sacked as the Director of football recently. Can you confirm whether this was because of financial pressures or because the club will not have a long-term structure with a Director of Football included as part of the management set up?
Q.42. The fitness coach from last season has been sacked. Can you confirm how the role and duties that were his responsibility will be fulfilled in the season ahead?
Q.43. Can you confirm what criteria is being used in the selection and recruitment of potential first team players in the future?
Q.44. What assurances can you give that the team can challenge for promotion into the football league at the end of the 2014/15 season?
(The following notice was posted on the BRSC website on Tuesday 20th May 2014)
BRSC Extraordinary General Meeting Update
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club executive committee are to hold an EGM between 7.00pm and 9.00pm on Tuesday 17th June 2014 in The Bristol Room of the Memorial Stadium. This meeting will allow members the chance to discuss with representatives of the football club and the supporters club executive their concerns over the situation of the football club. The purpose of the meeting is to consider the causes and impact of our relegation and to be informed of the strategy and plan of campaign to regain our league status at the earliest moment. It is felt that these issues are too serious to wait until the next AGM.
There are three related issues to be discussed at this meeting. Firstly, a review and evaluation of the causes and impact of our unprecedented relegation from the football league at the end of the 2013/14 season. Secondly, an understanding of the strategy and plan of campaign to regain our league status as soon as possible. Finally, a sharing of ideas on how best the supporters club and its members can assist the football club to succeed in the future.
The meeting has been scheduled on a date when it is hoped that the Chairman and/or other directors of the football club and the first team manager can attend. This meeting also needed to be at a time when most members of the BRSC executive committee were able to attend.
Could members please forward their questions for the meeting to the BRSC shop, (199 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 1AZ), or to [email protected] by Thursday 29th May. Please include your membership details and head your correspondence “BRSC EGM.” A complete list of the submitted questions from the membership will be placed on the BRSC website by Tuesday 3rd June. Similar questions may be grouped together and representative questions may need to be asked on behalf of a category. Members will be able to ask their personal questions at the EGM. Additional questions from the floor may be possible, time permitting, after the submitted questions are considered.
This meeting is for supporters club members who joined during the 2013/2014 season and those who have already joined for the 2014/2015 season. Please bring your valid supporters club membership card with you to the meeting. We hope that there will be a healthy attendance at the BRSC Extraordinary General Meeting and that this special meeting may prove to be a positive step forward for all of us.
Order of EGM Business
1. Chairman’s opening remarks
2. Business as detailed.
2.1. A review and evaluation of the causes and impact of our relegation from the football league.
2.2. An understanding of the strategy and plan of campaign to regain our league status as soon as possible.
2.3. A sharing of ideas on how the supporters club and its members can best assist the football club to succeed in the future.
3. Close of the meeting no later than 9.00pm.
(The following notice was posted on the BRSC website on Wednesday 7th May 2014)
BRSC plan Extraordinary General Meeting
The Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Executive Committee held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday 6th May 2014. In addition to the agreed agenda items we spent a considerable time discussing, on behalf of the membership, the appropriate response of the supporters club committee and the elected BRSC directors on the BRFC board to our unprecedented relegation.
The BRSC Executive Committee meeting on the 6th of May was attended by all the elected members, including the two directors representing BRSC on the board of the football club. It was unanimously agreed at this meeting that we would seek to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting of the supporters club membership as soon as is practicable. The BRSC Executive Committee have arranged to meet again very shortly to detail our reasons for such a meeting and to clarify the protocols for such a meeting. It was decided that we would invite the Chair of the football club and/or other directors as well as the manager of the first team to this meeting.
As soon as a definitive date, time and venue have been agreed we will contact the supporters club membership with the relevant details, through the Bristol Rovers Supporters Club website. In the meantime, the BRSC Executive Committee members are committed to listening to the legitimate concerns of the membership and will continue to welcome any helpful, constructive and considered feedback.