Let me start by expressing my deep sadness to all of our fans for what turned out to be an unexpected final day of the season. I am so disappointed for our club to experience relegation. It was not what I thought would happen with the major investment I injected into the club and the playing squad we made available.
I saw at Northampton the disappointment on fans faces and many shedding a tear and that hurt me. I know just how much the club means to so many of you.
I have to take a major part in the responsibility for what has happened since I took control of the club in late January 2018. When I came on board I had big ambitions and my priority was to focus our efforts in the sporting side and implement a strategy to push the club high up the ladder closer to safety. Unfortunately I was shocked with the amount of obstacles we have faced away from the pitch which consumed a lot of our time, energy and resources to fix the mess and stabilise the club.
I want to assure you that I am fully committed to getting the club back into League One as soon as possible, and carrying on upwards.
I received some pointed messages after the Northampton game but many more of encouragement and support. Relegation has only strengthened my resolve to reverse the trend that the club has faced these past few years.
I was very disappointed to hear from our players about the media article that appeared on the eve of the Northampton game that was intended to destabilise the club at a crucial time. I know that this was not the only occasion when outside influences have had an effect on the club and certain individuals and that must change. I have supported the manager as much as possible since taking control and in fact helped him secure ten players during the transfer window in January.
I now have the opportunity in the close season to take a thorough look at every aspect of the club to see where we can improve. Above all, I want to ensure we have the solid foundations and infrastructure in place to take our club forward. I am aware that the club has been short of investment over the past few years and I hope that, with careful planning and some patience, we can rebuild this club and grow together.
We also have to make more use of our Academy and the recent displays by George Edmundson and Tom Hamer shows that our players have the necessary desire, energy and skills to play at the highest level. It has given the fans and us something to look forward to and I am sure there are more youngsters in the town of Oldham and the surrounding areas that we can find to develop into first team players.
The club must also get closer to our fans. I know you are the lifeblood of this club and I have been amazed at the numbers of you that have travelled to away games and created a great atmosphere. I want to do everything I can to help you create that same atmosphere at Boundary Park. As fans, players, staff and Directors, we can rely on our shared values to drive us forward.
Together we can succeed.
Keep the faith.