Josh: Cheers man, we really did, and hopefully we can do likewise this season ;).
Havant chairman looking to sell
Supporters of Havant & Waterlooville will have been shocked today, after news broke out that long time chairman and a man at the heart at the club, Derek Pope is looking to sell up and move aside.
Pope announced on Monday, that he was looking for potential buyers of the Vanarama Conference Premier club, and was confident that there will be plenty of interest. Havant have recently been promoted, have a good squad and a hungry, young manager too, so are an attractive prospect but Pope remained adamant that he would take his time to consider his options, and ensure that he sells to the ‘right person’.
The 66 year old has still been described as a man with great passion for The Hawks though, and has been a driving force behind the scenes at the club, but he himself has told local press that he is ‘too old’ to run the club anymore and would prefer to just be a fan again.
Speaking to The Portsmouth News, Pope said; ”I’ve loved every minute of being chairman at this club, it’s been a wonderful experience. But I genuinely believe that the current side put together by Lee is a very strong one, and can easily lead us into the Football League so with myself getting on now, I just don’t feel like I can handle running the club any longer.”
He added; ”The support will still be there from me, I want to be a fan again, but from the other side of things I don’t think I can keep up with the demands of being chairman of a club in this league or higher. It has nothing to do with money, or the passion being losy, I am just doing what I believe is for the good of Havant and Waterlooville F.C. and that is selling to a younger chairman.”
Manager Lee Bradbury paid tribute to the man, also admitting that he will be sad to see him go, after the good relationship between the pair. The PR team at the club have lined up a tribute themselves too, and will present Pope with an award for his ‘amazing work’ before the first game of the Vanarama Conference Premier season, which is approaching.
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