Friday 1st February 2008
Last night (Thursday 31st January) club officials, coaching staff and players attended a meeting at the White Hart Hotel in Uttoxeter to discuss the club's current financial position and plans to take the club forward.
Following some refreshingly open exchanges we are delighted and proud to say that the vast majority of the players have agreed to continue playing for Rocester Football Club without receiving any expenses until the club is in a position to do so again.
Chairman David Price said; "It was a great turn-out which shows the depth of feeling for the club, and it was a pleasure to witness so many youngsters prepared to play for the shirt and not the money. The strength and unity among the players was there for us all to see."
"Everyone listened to what we had to say and I think they all appreciated the situation we are in, the decision that the players arrived at has earned them the respect of everyone behind the scenes and no doubt the supporters as well."
"It has renewed my faith in young footballers and made us more determined than ever to get this club back up and running as it should be."
"On the down side we have unfortunately lost the services of three players."
"We made it clear to all the players that if they decided to go we would respect and understand their decisions, I don't think any of them really wanted to go but they all travel quite some distance to play for us and that swayed them in the end."
"All we can do is thank them for their honesty and for what they have done for Rocester Football Club, we wish them all well and they know that the door is always open if they want to return at any stage in the future."
The club can also confirm that reserve team manager Steve Swanwick has been appointed Caretaker Manager until the end of the season. Steve will have senior players Richard Owen and Paul Wood assisting him, while Geoff Thompson and Martin Meylan will continue to work with the reserve team.
We are delighted to announce that after giving the matter further consideration all three of the players who had indicated that they would be leaving the club have all agreed to stay.
Chairman David Price described it as "terrific news", and added; "for us to have the 100% backing of the whole playing squad is tremendous, we appreciate what they are doing for the club and we intend to do all we can behind the scenes to get things back to normal as quickly as possible."