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Statement From Barry Owen, Chair, Trust Oldham

9 January 2015

Over the past few days I have spoken to a number of my colleagues on the Trust informing them of my decision to resign forthwith.

My decision has nothing to do with recent events or criticism and is something that I have been considering over the past few months due to my growing commitments with the Club and the Football Association.

I have been at the helm for 12 years and worked with some brilliant Directors who are dedicated and loyal servants. I thank them for their support on many issues and the loyalty they have shown towards me.

I leave knowing that I have tried my best for all fans and whilst I deplore the masses of abuse from a minority, some of which has been libellous and harmful to my family, I have always tried to be objective and work above that conduct. I only hope that my replacement is never in such a position.

Those are the negative issues and on a positive note Trust movements in football have a huge part to play. Oldham must never lose its Trust and I will always remain a member to give support at all times. I will assist my colleagues over a transition period but then it will be time to move aside.

The time has come for a change of direction and new leadership is necessary to drive the Trust forward with new dimension.

Finally I would like to thank the majority of fans, Club staff, family and sponsors who have supported me over the years and been a source of inspiration at some very difficult times. Thank you. I wish everyone well.

Barry Owen

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