Lincoln City was plunged into fresh crisis tonight with the news that Castlemine Accountancy, one of the largest corporate shareholders at Sincil Bank, have withdrawn their directorship from the club.
They have two representatives on the board ? Ray Trew and Kevin Cooke ? and it is thought company secretary Cooke could join with Trew in handing in his letter of resignation.
Trew resigned from his post on Tuesday, citing recent events in the boardroom forcing him to ?re-evaluate his position on a matter of principle?. And now Trew could be followed by Cooke, who was one of the men who helped negotiate Keith Alexander?s return to the club this week.
But chairman Steff Wright insisted that the news of Castlemine?s resignation won?t necessarily mean Cooke will stand down, although it remains a strong possibility. The club then released another statement, which read:
?Everyone with the interest of Lincoln City Football Club at heart, will appreciate that it is difficult to conduct personnel-related matters in public and that the privacy of all parties needs to be safeguarded.
?Within this limitation the club wants to make it clear that the club is community-based, and the interests of the local community and the club?s fan base are its life blood. This is at the forefront of each director?s mind at all times.
?The two representatives from the Supporters? Trust who sit on the board have been fully involved in the process and decisions that have been made to ensure the best interests of the fans continue to be a key importance in the running of the club.
?Consistently, through recent events, both individual directors and the board as a whole have sought to work only with the club?s best interests at heart.
?The board is delighted that Keith Alexander remains the manager of Lincoln City Football Club. In this we share the sentiments of the vast majority of our fans and he has the board?s whole-hearted support at this crucial time of the season.
?Gary Simpson?s departure from the club is by mutual agreement and we wish him well in his future career. It is with regret that we confirm that the chairman of football Ray Trew has resigned from the board of his own volition. Ray has made a significant contribution to the club as a sponsor, a member of the board and as chairman of football, and will be missed by many.
?The board fully recognise that recent events have been a source of concern for fans and that this additional information will serve to underline the fact that under the leadership of chairman Steff Wright, we are a strong community club with a dedicated and committed board who remain focussed on our joint priorities to provide the fans of the local community with a dedicated, strong winning team of which it can be proud.?