Message From The Chairman

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Having had time to digest what was a painful end to last season, as a club, we will now take the opportunity to reflect on, and assess what was clearly a hugely disappointing campaign for us.

There were many contributing factors as to why the season went so wrong, some more obvious than others, and it is important that during this period of reflection, we take our time to ensure that we learn the lessons from what happened over the course of the campaign.

Clearly, the change of manager last summer and everything that came with it, meant we started the season well behind where we had planned to be.

After a tough first half of the campaign, for a number of reasons, it was decided to make a managerial change, early in the new year.

After investing heavily in the squad during the January window, the second half of the season proved even tougher than the first, with a number of our key performers being recalled by their parent clubs, and season-ending injuries taking their toll on several of our other important players.

As the campaign progressed, it became clearer that being a part-time club, playing against full-time opposition on a weekly basis, was proving to be a bigger challenge than we had initially anticipated.

Looking back, there were several factors that culminated in us being relegated. We will learn from them, just like we learned from the disappointments we experienced in previous seasons, namely the pyramid play-offs and the Championship play-offs.

As we now look ahead to next season and beyond, we should remind ourselves that, despite this setback, we have still come a long way in a short period of time. Many teams never reach the Championship, and we are still within our five-year plan.

It is important that we regroup and go again, with a strategy that will see a stronger Cove Rangers both on and off the park. We are currently working on a number of options that will take the club forward on both fronts.

Finally, I would like to place on record my sincere gratitude to our club partners, our staff and of course our loyal supporters; your backing throughout what was, at times, a painful campaign was truly appreciated.

I can assure you that we will do everything we can to repay that and look forward to seeing a winning team on the park again, as much as you do.

Keith Moorhouse


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