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Phil Wallace's Chairman Notes: Sutton United

15 January 2022

Jim Steele

Ahead of this afternoon's Sky Bet League Two fixture against Sutton United, Phil Wallace addresses Stevenage supporters in the Digital Matchday Programme...

  • Please click here to view or download the Stevenage vs Sutton United Digital Matchday Programme in full.

Good afternoon and welcome to the players and officials of Sutton United.

Our win last Saturday was well deserved and the difference in the style of play and appetite from the side, compared to a month ago, was absolutely noticeable. The performance was determined, sharp, bright, full of flair and attacking intent. The score line at 3-1 flattered Walsall in my opinion – not in possession, but in chances created. I really enjoyed watching the game and I am looking forwards to continuing our run to start climbing the table.

Having new players to create competition for shirts and new coaching voices in Paul, Mel and Jimmy makes all the difference and I repeat again our target; to finish in the top 10 of the ‘second half of the season league table’. To do that, we have got to first start climbing the form table and we are more than capable of doing that. It feels like an exciting time to me, and I am sure the players feel the same way. 

We have not slowed down on player recruitment, but we are being selective now that we have secured our main targets. With each game Paul has more time to see how he wants to shape his team and we are very clear on the players he wants to bring in. As you can imagine, January is not the best time to do your business, but we have a clearly defined path and we have the funds to add quality to the squad, within normal commercial constraints. 

Off the pitch, we announced that Alex Tunbridge our CEO will be leaving us in April to take up a similar position at a League One club. Frankly, I was disappointed to receive that news from him whilst in the US as Alex has been pivotal in diligently carrying out the way I wanted the Club to be run, so he will be missed by all of us when he leaves. However, I have always believed that change can bring new opportunities and a new way of looking at things, so we will take this opportunity to bring a new CEO into the Club and perhaps a new approach into all aspects of our business, from commercial to the way we engage with our fans. We have invited applications for the role and have already received a dozen or so applications from good quality applicants. More on this as we progress.

Your support makes all the difference to the lads, so let’s hear you get behind them as they try hard to bring home three points again.

Stay safe and enjoy the match!

  • Please click here to view or download the Stevenage vs Sutton United Digital Matchday Programme in full.


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