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New Club Statement - Bridges to be rebuilt?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 10:47 am    Post subject: New Club Statement - Bridges to be rebuilt? Reply with quote

https://www.raithrovers.net/52477/chairman-update-david-goodwillie.htm

RRFC Website wrote:
I firstly want to apologise wholeheartedly to our fans, sponsors, players and the wider Raith Rovers community for the anguish and anger caused over the past few days.

We got it wrong.

In reaching our original decision, we focused far too much on football matters and not enough on what this decision would mean for our club and the community as a whole.

Over the past couple of days, we listened carefully to the fans who have got in touch and I’m very grateful for their honesty. As chairman, as a board and as a management team, we have all learned a hard but valuable lesson.

This very unfortunate episode is something that we all bitterly regret and we are now wholly committed to making things right. I can therefore confirm that, following a meeting of the Raith Rovers board, the player will not be selected by Raith Rovers and we will enter into discussions with the player regarding his contractual position.

We share a desire to do what is best for our club and will be doing everything in our power to regain the trust and confidence of the Raith Rovers family.

Chairman
On Behalf of the Board of Raith Rovers FC


The right decision, but taken way too late. The damage is done, those involved must consider their future position of the club and I include the manager in this.

I don't believe this will entice those who walked to come back right away, but I hope everyone who does come back is welcomed with open arms and apologised to by those who caused this.

Personally, I will still be withholding my donation to the supporters fund until such time as I see a difference made by the custodians of the club.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GP, fully agree with you. Small steps in what will be a major if not near impossible job of repairing our club.

I suspect the McGlynn may leave the club. It was his choice of personal at the end of the day.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I said in my previous post, the Board of Directors is far more culpable than the manager in this. Hear me out.

To the strict letter of the terms of employment, John McGlynn was doing his job in identifying a striker to solve ourt team's goal-scoring problems. If anyone is entitled to consider players on 'purely footballing' terms, it is him.

However, the Board of Directors has the job of considering the wider implications of any signing. This is something that, as a collective, they patently failed to do. The directors who forced this through then compounded the error by making a statement that reinforced their own abdication of responsibility - by stating it was a football decision and so completely ignoring the wider context of being a community club, and the potential for alienating huge numbers of supporters, sponsors and stakeholders of every description.

Unequivocally, in my view, those directors are not fit to remain in post. Goodness knows what further mistakes they might make. They should step down voluntarily or be made to resign forthwith.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right, the Board has climbed down and admitted to an error of judgement. Some people want McGlynn out (one poster suggested that Jack Ross should be approached!!), and others want John Sim out. Does this error of judgement totally erase the amazing progress made on and off the pitch over the last couple of seasons? *beep*, your protests have been heard and acted upon. Let's put it behind us; work together (that's what teams do) and get right behind the Rovers in their endeavours to take the club in to the premiership. Otherwise, fester on and get rid of the best manager in the lower leagues, chase a Board with a vision, and return to the seaside divisions.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard some people saying that Goodwillie doesn't deserve a second chance because he has never expressed any remorse for what he has been found guilty of. Certainly an opinion I can see the validity in although I don't know the legal ramifications of him making such a statement.
However surely then those Raith board members deserve a second chance since they have now apologised for their, admittedly, big mistake? Or has this now become personal for some?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

westover wrote:
Right, the Board has climbed down and admitted to an error of judgement. Some people want McGlynn out (one poster suggested that Jack Ross should be approached!!), and others want John Sim out. Does this error of judgement totally erase the amazing progress made on and off the pitch over the last couple of seasons? *beep*, your protests have been heard and acted upon. Let's put it behind us; work together (that's what teams do) and get right behind the Rovers in their endeavours to take the club in to the premiership.


Well said westover, whilst many will see this as a purely financial damage limitation exercise, I have always had more respect for someone who admit their errors, apologizes and moves forward in a manner which will ensure the same mistakes are not revisited (a certain PM excepted).

No doubt the tabloid press will make another meal of this labelling it an extraordinary climb down by the BoD, I see it as an admission of an eror of judgement, an olive branch and a way to begin moving the club forward.

I hope all those whose principles led them to leaving, join in rebuilding these bridges and return to the club with a renewed vigour to help drive the club forward.

Let us now draw a line under the affair, irrespective on your views on it, and get right behind The Rovers
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 12:11 pm    Post subject: New statement Reply with quote

When in a hole stop digging! I actually feel sorry for Goodwillie who has been dragged through the media feeding frenzy. He’ll need some sort of compensation - the lawyers will need to sort this out! Not much credit to any of the parties in this but Sturgeon has certainly gone down in my estimation by jumping on the band wagon for political kudos - where was she when Clyde signed him?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have supported the club for 60+ years and have never felt so disappointed ( I use that word advisedly) and devastated at Monday’s decision and the aftermath. The decision itself to sign DG was a terrible one considering the outcry of a few weeks ago. The resulting furore has gone beyond all reasonable expectations or sense. Leaving politics aside, there has been a ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ from certain folk which has made the situation even worse.
I was completely against the signing and rate it as a massive and damaging one even without all the national reaction. GW does not seem to have shown remorse or even accepted responsibility for getting into the position where the accusation could be made(guilty or otherwise!).
The BOD has finally accepted they made a mistake - first step only!
I believe that the members of the board are all supporters of the club and have shown massive dedication and commitment, both personal and financial, over the last few years and have placed the club on a positive, sound footing for the future - playing, financial(getting there), fans involvement and community interaction. One massively misguided decision has undone so much of that. However, in accepting the error of judgement, they have taken a first small, but important step to address that. Again the statement only deals with the surface issue and I would hope they will take serious time to deal with each aspect of the fall out and huge efforts to repair bridges.
While not committing myself to a wholehearted return to the fold, I will stay on the sidelines and watch with interest what they do.
If they man up individually(including the management) and come out with meaningful statements and actions instead of bland general comments, and show that they have properly learned from this, I will continue my support for the club.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Financially how do we recover from this? We will be obliged to pay off the contract in full, possibly around £150k, or he can sue for unfair dismissal I would think.

A number of fans, sponsors and volunteers may never return and nobody could blame them.

After all the good things over the last couple of years I can now see us going backwards several years.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I'm not allowing the mistakes that the board have made (and have now attempted to make better) stop me from supporting the team. Others will make up their own minds and are free to do so without judgement or criticism.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

badpress139 wrote:
Financially how do we recover from this? We will be obliged to pay off the contract in full, possibly around £150k, or he can sue for unfair dismissal I would think.

A number of fans, sponsors and volunteers may never return and nobody could blame them.

After all the good things over the last couple of years I can now see us going backwards several years.


My thought is that those who are responsible for this mess pay for it themselves, none of the fallout from this should be levied against the club or those who pay into the club voluntarily.

Going forward, so many bridges have to be rebuilt with so many people in the local and wider community, many positions need to be refilled (I truly hope by the same people who originally vacated them where possible) and sponsors need to be pulled in for some very serious and apologetic discussions provided by the club. In my opinion none of those discussions can be led by the current BoD members, someone new or an independent party acting on behalf of the club needs to lead them and establish new links and trust.

Can I also suggest that our next shirt sponsor be a charity that fights for an end to violence against women and we put our whole and sincere effort behind it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A statement consisting of a few paragraphs cannot , of itself, mend this terrible situation but it was right to keep it short. It is, indeed, an olive branch and, for myself, my son and some other supporters of
The Rovers whom I know, this is a very welcome development. A start , but a positive one.
I fervently hope that those who consider that this is a victory see it as a victory for common sense only and are not vindictive nor are seeking to stir up a witch hunt.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given all the noise across all media platforms in the past few days and all the opinions being expressed which in the vast majority have to be respected, whatever they may be, has anyone given a thought to two people in particular of all those who are being impacted hugely with all this?
I just feel for his wife and daughter and how they must be feeling?
I can only imagine it must be really horrible seeing and hearing this every day in the media/press and hope they are getting through this and are coping.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

embow wrote:
Given all the noise across all media platforms in the past few days and all the opinions being expressed which in the vast majority have to be respected, whatever they may be, has anyone given a thought to two people in particular of all those who are being impacted hugely with all this?
I just feel for his wife and daughter and how they must be feeling?
I can only imagine it must be really horrible seeing and hearing this every day in the media/press and hope they are getting through this and are coping.


I agree but i'd also argue that the original victim in all of this can't be having a fun time being reminded about it all either. The whole thing is just poor from start to finish at every level.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

embow wrote:
Given all the noise across all media platforms in the past few days and all the opinions being expressed which in the vast majority have to be respected, whatever they may be, has anyone given a thought to two people in particular of all those who are being impacted hugely with all this?
I just feel for his wife and daughter and how they must be feeling?
I can only imagine it must be really horrible seeing and hearing this every day in the media/press and hope they are getting through this and are coping.


Thats a very good point Embow, also the the girl victim concerned having all this dredged up again and every woman who has gone through similar ordeals
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