Unfortunately, and despite our best efforts, we have been unable to secure the necessary points and position to retain our place in the league and results on Tuesday night confirmed our relegation from the National League North. We know this is a great disappointment to you all.
When the Board and I started planning for the 2022/23 season it never crossed my mind that we would find ourselves in this position. We had a very healthy playing budget, the highest ever set, and plans in place to make sure we would not be in this position but for a multitude of reasons as the season played out, we now find ourselves going into Step 3 football for the 2023/24 season.
We share your pain, anger, and disappointment with this outcome, and I will take responsibility for some decisions that have been made and the outcome they have brought. Every decision I have made over the past few years has always been made with the football club at heart and to make sure we have a sustainable football club that can kick off every Saturday afternoon at 3pm and my commitment remains as strong as ever and I fully intend to see us back to where we belong and beyond.
We now must be positive and focus on our preparations for the upcoming season with renewed determination and commitment to achieving our goals. Kevin Wilkin inherited a situation in October and worked hard to rectify our league position and we are delighted that Kevin and his team will stay for 2023/24 season to help us fight back. Over the past few weeks, we have held very positive talks with Kevin regarding his plans to bring us back to Step 2 football as soon as possible.
In you, our supporters, we have some of the most dedicated and passionate fans any club could wish for. We appreciate each and every one of you more than we could ever say. Now, more than ever, our message to you all is that we need your continued support on and off the pitch. Together we can support Kevin, as he builds a squad for next season, our aim being to bounce back and bring success back to the New Bucks Head once more.
We will be holding a Fans forum in the near future, details will be posted soon.
UP THE BUCKS!