SAFETY SIDNEY ASKED TO LEAVE AFTER STEWARDS SACKED
CHAD website, 10May2007
MANSFIELD Town FC bosses have confirmed that club safety officer John Sidney –– who was in charge of stewarding at Field Mill –– has left the club.
Last week hundreds of angry Stags fans slammed stewards for their heavy-handed treatment of young supporters during the Stags' final home game of the season –– and the club swiftly responded by sacking the individuals involved.
But the ongoing row has put the club's future in the Football League in jeopardy after Nottinghamshire County Council slashed the ground's capacity by half to 4,684 –– less than the 5,000 minimum capacity required for League football.
Confirming that Mr Sidney had resigned from the club, chairman James Derry told Chad: "We had a meeting this morning and it was mutually agreed John would leave his post.
"Based on the events of the last home match of the season we have received lots of criticism.
"Obviously John was in charge of stewarding and in light of this criticism and criticism we received earlier in the season, we felt it was best if he left his post.
"It was a very amicable decision and John has wished the club all the best for the future.
"It would be nice to have the new person in the post within the next month and we need to get match capacity back up as quickly as we can.
"We are still waiting on a meeting with Nottinghamshire County Council to discuss the situation."
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