Allan Smart, the new chairman of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South club Daventry Town, has released a statement.
Former Preston, Carlisle United and Watford defender Smart stepped down as manager earlier this week to take over as chairman following the resignation of Iain Humphrey.
Smart said: “I would like to thank Iain for giving me the opportunity to take the club forward as chairman. It has been a frantic time as you can imagine.
“We first discussed the situation about a month ago and basically it has been a waiting game since then.
“It is also important to add that this opportunity was presented to both myself and Ady Fuller as a joint package. We felt that this was the best way forward.
“Iain has taken this club on a journey which included several promotions, play-off heartache and good performances in the FA Cup.
“It is obvious that the development of this club was down to his financial contributions which I am sure most people can appreciate is a huge commitment.
“The environment is second to none at this level of football! I thank him for both the opportunity and the fantastic facility that he has created! I just hope we can continue to pull the club in the direction Iain started!
“It is also important to mention Dennis Job, who has worked extremely hard investing his time into the club! If both I and Ady can put the time and effort in that Dennis has over the years then we will stand a chance at making this a success!
“Our job now, will include getting into the local businesses and community to try and drum up local support. We have plenty of ideas and a good will from the local community so we are hoping to move forward! I’m sure there will be tough times ahead! But we will be doing our best to sustain our status and expand the business!
“We have tentatively discussed the position as manager as I didn’t feel that it would be fair to try to even contemplate working in both roles. This is not about one person! I will not be proceeding as manager.
“The interim managers’ position has been taken by Ady Fuller whilst we contemplate our position moving forward. If Ady feels he wants to take the job full-time I will be supporting him. We have spoken to several local players who have shown interest in joining us which is great news. This is the way we want to go! Local lads!
“I would also like to thank Jim Davis for his efforts last term as club secretary. It was untimely his decision to stand down but we respect his wishes. It is with pleasure that we have Brian Porter standing up to take on this role moving forward! He has been a breath of fresh air! Working tirelessly to get on top of things! Brian optimises the type of spirit that we have in the area!
“It is massively important that we get the community involved at the club! We will be starting a full-time apprenticeship and education program in the next four to six weeks.
“We are wanting to create the link between the juniors and the first team. This is the first area that we will be addressing. We need to start producing our own players and getting them started in their careers!
“I personally will be holding development clinics for 12-16 year olds as this will help instil good habits and practice that will only benefit the club.
“We are also going to offer a full-time education program for girls aged 16-19 years old who want to pursue careers in PE and the sporting arena.
“This summer we will be hosting many events which will be great for the local community.
“We will also be starting a multi-sports holiday camp for school children for the first time. This will include numerous sports such as: short tennis, cricket, hockey, football, rugby etc. this is an area that we feel we can try to build on. We want to invest time and effort into the future generations and we feel that getting positive connection with children is one of the ways in achieving this!
“We have to try and get as many people as possible on board. Our club is nothing without the love and care of the local community!”