The director of Chesterfield has today responded to a planned ‘peaceful protest’ prior to the club’s FA Trophy match with Basford United on the 15th of December.
One Spireites supporter has said that it isn’t against manager Martin Allen, but more to do with the ‘sad decline’ that the club is currently in.
He said, as quoted by the Derbyshire Times: “I had my first season ticket in 1970, next July it will be 10 years that I’ve been running the travel club.
“The football club has been the biggest part of my life, apart from my family, I can’t describe what it means really.
“I care a lot about the club and I don’t like to see it where it is now.
“We’re not rabble-rousers but I can’t quite see how the club survives if it continues like this.
“It became apparent that there was a need for something to happen, even just an expression of opinion.
“People are giving up on the club and if there’s no club next year, or not in the sense we know it, and you’ve not tried anything, you haven’t got a chance then.
“It’s only more work and potential grief, so I didn’t do it lightly.
“I don’t expect it to change anything particularly.
“There’s been quite a positive response but what I want to be very clear about is that I’m not trying to stop anyone from going.
“This is not about Martin Allen or previous managers, it’s about the sad decline of a club that means a lot to the town, to the borough.
“If there’s no club in a year’s time and you didn’t try something, then you’ve got no chance.”
Chesterfield’s director Ashley Carson gave his say after hearing about the planned protest, he said, as quoted by the Derbyshire Telegraph: “While respecting the rights of supporters who wish to make their feelings known, I would like to stress that we as a board are well aware that the position we find ourselves in falls well short of what we all expected.
“The necessary funds have been made available to assemble a squad capable of challenging for promotion and we share the great disappointment expressed by the manager about the results this season.
“As the majority shareholder, Dave Allen continues to provide substantial funds to keep the club afloat and remains committed to improving the club’s fortunes.
“Without his considerable financial support, the club would simply not be in a position to continue.”
Football supporters, the majority of Chesterfield, gave their reaction to what the club had to say and they certainly didn’t hold back their feelings – check those tweets out on the next page.