City Fans United would like to state their disappointment, shock, and anger at the decision to replace Jim Harvey as Manager of Chester City Football Club.
Supporters had recently received assurances from new Director of Football, Morell Maison, that Mr Harvey would continue in his role as team manager, this was strengthened in the meeting held between representatives from CFU and Morell Maison, and also Gary Metcalf, whom we were unaware was attending the said meeting.
During the meeting CFU advised that the one positive at present was that Jim Harvey was still at the club, and that he was held in high esteem by City fans, so we believe that this move has now antagonised the existing fan base to a point where attendances will fall even sharper than previously thought.
We are also in the belief that existing unpaid Chester City players will now be forced to leave and seek a new club, in order for them to be paid to play football, and replaced by players taken from the International Soccer Academy in Bedfordshire, known as a venue for “second chance” players, something that will not be a benefit to the club, and will do very little to encourage local supporters to attend the Deva Stadium for forthcoming matches.
This will also mean that the Chester community is being represented by players who will be training at a venue over 150 miles away, and constantly travelling to home and away games, to represent a club they will know very little about, that is a move that will in no way engage the local community.
It is on this basis, that we are now calling on the membership of City Fans United, to vote on the possibility of an official boycott of remaining home games, until a board with the good of this historic, 125 year old football club at heart, are in place.