Thursday night saw the Supporters Club host a Q&A with hopeful incoming owners Betsi in the form of Managing Director Steve Shore.
Supporters Club chairman Luke Owers provided a summary of events from the evening on the unofficial Soapbox forum, which you will find paraphrased below.
It has been pointed out that we have a big squad. Due to the lack of a reserve team and academy, this is needed as the management team are unable to call upon young players in place of those who are injured and suspended. In fact, despite a squad size of around 25 players, only 14 were fit enough for Wednesday’s FA Trophy game with Wealdstone.
Rod Stringer and Nick Haycock acknowledge that some players have been performing below their potential in recent but encourage the supporters to really get behind the team as we are still well within the mix for the title. It was also noted that the club’s limited budget (in comparison to others in the lead) meant that we recently missed out on a big-name striker to a higher-paying rival.
The takeover is still progressing and all parties are positive that a finale is close. John Holmes and Steve Shore of Betsi have already put plenty of money into the club and are as frustrated as anyone as to how long the process is taking.
The long-term aim is to have a brand new dedicated ground for Chelmsford City in the future. Betsi were keen to stress that this would not be next to “Chelmsford City Racecourse” in Great Leighs, as some had feared might be the plan. In the short-term, the Supporters Club are investigating the feasibility of covering the near end of the ro-ro as per the far end.