Mike Dunstan has described his decision to step down as chairman of Gloucester City as an “absolute must” for the club’s future.
Dunstan has been involved with the Tigers for the last 27 years and is the second high profile name to walk away from the club in as many weeks, following first team manager Tim Harris’ resignation.
Gloucester City Football Club can confirm that Mike Dunstan has stepped down from his role as Chairman, issuing the following statement.
— Gloucester City AFC (@GCAFCofficial) 4 December 2017
City are currently sixteenth in the National League South, and have lost their last three games.
In a statement on the club website, Dunstan said: “It is with regret that I informed the club’s owner last week that I am resigning from my position of Chairman, coming into effect after the game against Eastbourne Borough to enable me to support Will Morford (Gloucester player-coach) and the players after a difficult week.
It has been an honour and a privilege to Chair this fantastic football club, but the time and effort it takes to run this club is far beyond that which is reasonable for volunteers. I continue to believe in the future of this club, and the potential it has, but it will only realise that potential by bringing in the skills, structure, leadership and investment the club needs and deserves.
I have supported the club all my adult life, and worked it on a voluntary basis for the last 27 years in just about every role – from dressing room cleaner to programme editor to Chairman, and many positions between.
This therefore has been a heart-breaking decision, but one I must make, and it is now my fervent hope that the club can move forward positively as it prepares to move back into the City. That is something that absolutely must happen within the timescales laid out last week.
What we don’t have is strategic leadership, structure and investment to underpin, support and drive all of that forward. That must now change now to allow this club to thrive.”
Gloucester City will host Chelmsford on Saturday afternoon.