DUNDALK FC Communications Manager Colm Crosson has insisted that the club are happy with the current structure at boardroom level despite the departure of two directors last week.
Paul Kearney and Joe McGuinness both opted to step down from their positions, leaving just five members on the board: Crosson, Paul Johnston, secretary Maeve McQuillan and two DFC Trust representatives, Jimmy Neary and Colm Murphy.
The club are also operating without a Chairman after the departure of Padraic McGowan. Legal owner of the club, Gerry Matthews, has also withdrawn from the day to day running of the club.
“A number of things have happened at board level”, said Crosson. “Gerry Matthews, as he outlined earlier in the year, has stepped down. Separate to that, Padraic McGowan, who has been Chairman for a number of years, has been unable to continue in that role due to work commitments. There is a vacancy for the Chairman’s role currently, Paul Johnston is the acting Chairman at the minute.
“There were a number of outside parties who were invited onto the board but due to work commitments they felt as though they were unable to commit on a weekly basis. Rather than be involved on a piecemeal level they have both opted to step back from the board but continue to contribute to the club in other ways.
“There is scope for another one or two members but the numbers at board level is not a critical thing. A couple of very positive developments, such as the creation of a number of subcommittees involved in various different operational aspects of the club, are new like the match day sub committee, a fund-raising sub-committee and there are a number of other event committees.
“There is actually a lot more people involve din the management of the club than before. Attendance at a board meeting once a week is well and good but it’s the working committees which are the lifeblood of the club.
Crosson also spoke about the Youth development Centre and stated that it is providing regular income to the club’s running costs.
“The YDC was rebranded as Oriel Active and it’s quite some time ago that a full-time Marketing Executive was appointed for there. It has always been the intention that Oriel Active would produce income and revenue for the club.
“It’s not operated on a percentage of revenue basis because it has to be done on the basis on profits rather than turnover. It has made financial contributions to the operations of the football club and it is envisaged that it will make reasonably significant contributions through the course of this year.
“We are all aware that Oriel Active has quite a number of overheads that it needs to service. It is still in its infancy and needs time to reach its full potential.”
Crosson also defended manager Sean McCaffrey’s policy of bringing in youthful players with little League of Ireland experience, despite saying that the playing budget was “greater than the figure” of 7k a week.
“The budget this year is less than last season. The path that the club have gone is moving from a relatively high budget to a more modest budget, investing in youth, a longer term project.
“It’s not going to produce the dividends on the football pitch in terms of winning trophies and winning the league this year but we hope that this is the road ahead. The other way simply hasn’t worked.”