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Sellstrom: "There are issues here"

11 months ago By Jeremy Fox

New Boro' Chairman Iain Sellstrom stepped into the limelight at the Fans Forum last night, giving some frank answers to some tough questions.

Around fifty Gosport Borough fans arrived at Privett Park last night to meet new club Chairman Iain Sellstrom, giving all the opportunity to ask any questions or concerns about the running of the club.

First team Manager Alex Pike also sat alongside Sellstrom to answer any questions regarding the football side of things.

Pike was also put on the spot with some searching questions put to him which he answered as bluntly and as honestly as his Chairman.

But it was the Chairman who was made the work the hardest. The Gosport resident of 30 years opened the forum by laying out his future plans moving forward with the Club and his ambition to regain stability.

Sellstrom described himself as “generally really honest” and went on to say, “there are issues here” when describing the current state of the club.

The businessman went into great detail about his plans to change the club in a 20 minute presentation, including announcing that, "the face of the bar will be completely changed.”

The Clubhouse faces numerous refurbishments and installation of “proper Sky television” as he put it.

Iain also expressed a hungry desire to bring more fans and families into the ground on match day and the hopes to develop more youthful, local talent at The Borough which of course was music to many peoples ears.

However, during a 90 minute grilling, the questions on most people’s lips largely regarded the debts and financial issues facing the club.

Sellstrom responded, “debts are in the process of being cleared.”

The debt was said to be “in the region of £150,000” which was alarming to many fans, However Sellstrom did put to bed any concerns over a possible sixth winding order claiming “six will probably stay at five for now.”

Overall with a potentially rocky season laying ahead, the future of the club appears to be in capable hands and all present left with a lot more clarity on the future of Gosport Borough Football Club and it’s day to day running.

The evening had a generally positive feeling with the majority heading home satisfied with the answers given and the new Chairman quickly won over the majority of people with his personality and wit.

Sellstrom closed by announcing another Forum in the near future to answer those questions he wasn't able to the first time around.

Updated 08:06 - 2 Aug 2017 by Site Manager

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