FOOTBALL CONFERENCE STATEMENT
Wednesday Jul 18, 2012
The Football Conference is saddened by the news of the departure from Newport County AFC of their Chairman Chris Blight. Not only does this mean that he is forced to relinquish his position on the Board of the Football Conference with immediate affect, it will also mean that late and significant changes will have to be made to the duties on the board itself, ahead of the new season fast approaching. Discussions will be held shortly to decide how the vacancy will be filled.
The directors of the competition are astounded, yet sadly not surprised in today's climate, that politics within clubs can be manipulated by certain individuals in the way it has brought the resignation of a principled individual, who has been an integral and important part of the team which runs the Football Conference.
Chairman Brian Lee responded to the news "Chris will be missed not only by his fellow directors here at the Football Conference but his loss is to football generally. Those who follow clubs in our membership will not be aware of the additional sacrifices made by my fellow directors who give of their time freely to represent the whole membership. Each is elected by other club Chairmen and in his time Chris has carried out those duties on their behalf in a fair, considered and practical manner, bringing with him personal and business related qualities which are fundamental to our day to day operations."
"For anyone to be the subject of malicious personal abuse is difficult but when it affects those close to them, who in turn only support their presence on our Board through support, love and understanding, it is no surprise that Chris and others like him decide to step away."
"Chris had after 10 years, guided County through difficult times and we all know how hard he worked to secure the move for the club to Rodney Parade recently and taking the club to Wembley for the final of the FA Trophy. Not only does the actions of anonymous people have a lot to answer to over the resignation of Chris, importantly it will cause others, who may consider and relish the challenge of leading any other club, to ask in the first place whether they really do want to take on such a position".
In closing he added "May I and my fellow directors, staff and member clubs, thank Chris for his contribution. We wish him, his family and friends the best in dealing with what must be a difficult time".