BOOTH MEETS FANS GROUPS
New chief executive meets 3 fans groups
CHAD.co.uk, by Tim Morriss, 11 Dec 2007
NEW Mansfield Town chief executive Stephen Booth has met all three major fans groups at the Stags face-to-face inside his first week in the job.
After talking to representatives from the Stags Supporters Assocation (SSA), TEAM Mansfield (TM) and Stags Fans For Change (SFFC) at three separate meetings, he said: "I appreciate I have a lot to do to dispel certain myths. But I cannot change history and I do not deny it either.
"The communication channels are now open and that is a very important part of what I have to do.
"I am now aware of where they (the fans groups) are coming from and our long-term objectives are the same, success for the football club.
"Now we need to create the situation within which the club can thrive and survive."
Mr Booth has called on fans to stop protesting against owner Keith Haslam - including through boycotting matches - as he tries to improve efficiency in the day-to-day running of the Stags and find a buyer.
SFFC and TM had arranged a protest on the banking opposite the West Stand last Saturday, before the weather scuppered the game against Bury, aimed at persuading Mr Haslam to sell the club.
Now they plan to call for a protest at the home game against Accrington Stanley on Saturday 29th December.
In a statement they said: "Cutting off all income streams to the club is the only language that Mr Haslam seems to understand and now this is the only resort left open to us.
"We still fully support the manager Billy Dearden and the players, but this short-term pain will be for the long-term gain of the club.
"Our message to Mr Haslam is clear - go and go now."
However, the SFFC said it might change its stance over the next few weeks if it was convinced that the new chief executive has brought a radical change to the club.