A note from the Chairman

Chairman Ken Anderson addresses the club's fans on bwfc.co.uk

I recently held a meeting with a number of the officers of the Supporters' Trust prior to the Swindon game on January 14, which generally speaking was constructive, but I did question the wisdom of their questions and comments to the EFL and what benefits they would bring to the club.

That said, I do respect their independence but have to question the logic of their approach at this particular time in the middle of a transfer window. 

We agreed to have further regular meetings, which hopefully will bring benefits to everyone in the medium to long term. In the short term, I hope they will find ways to work with us on the Academy, which brings benefits to the club and community.

I also met with Alan Houghton from the Supporters' Association, who gave me a great deal of information about the past and how he thinks we can work together and I very much look forward to our future meetings.

With just over a week to go before the transfer window closes, a great deal of work has been going on behind the scenes and the manager and our recruitment team have been actively talking to a number of players/agents and other clubs. 

We have also had interest from other clubs/agents about several of our players, but these have all been rebuked. 

I hope to be able to update you later this week and in my programme notes for the Charlton match this coming Saturday, where hopefully there will be another large turn out as we enter the second part of the season. 

You may have read the comments from Middlesbrough's and Liverpool's managers this weekend about the benefits of the home supporters singing and cheering. I cannot thank you often enough to emphasise just how much this lifts and encourages the team, and long may this continue.

The Super 7 season ticket meanwhile goes on sale next Monday and I hope as many supporters as possible take advantage of this great deal to bolster our support at Macron Stadium for the remainder of the campaign.

Elsewhere, Sammy Ameobi came off the bench for Newcastle United on Saturday for the last 15 minutes. 

We haven't given up hope of him coming back if Newcastle do manage to bring in the players they are targeting or their African Cup of Nations players return early. We are watching matters there carefully. 

One good thing from our point of view is that Sammy cannot play anywhere else this season now as he has figured for two clubs.

It was disappointing that Saturday's game at Southend United was called off, more so for all our excellent travelling supporters who had made their way down to Roots Hall. Our backing on the road has been nothing short of phenomenal.

I also noted an article in The Sun on Sunday which speculated about an imminent sale of the stadium and hotel. Well, much like their claim about a Saudi takeover a while back, this article is also completely false.

I would like to reassure you that any official news about the club will be released to our fans first via our own channels.

There was a slight delay in staff receiving their salaries this month due to some restructuring. Going forward, everybody will be paid at the end of each month which is standard practice.

I look forward to seeing you all at Macron Stadium this Saturday.

Let's be loud, let's be proud and let's get behind the boys.


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