Normal service resumes as Berwick boardroom coup fails

An attempted boardroom coup at Berwick Rangers is over and it looks as if normal service will be resumed.

Saturday, 4th August 2018, 10:35 am
Updated Saturday, 4th August 2018, 11:33 am

Last week Chairman Len Eyre was axed by his fellow directors after a vote of no confidence in him.

They sited several ‘incidents’ which had led to their decision, and this followed the axing of vice chairman John Bell and the departure of the club’s commercial manager.

However, the Shielfield outfit has confirmed that two proxy votes cast at the meeting were invalid and so Mr Eyre has been re-instated, with the likelihood that Mr Bell will also take up his former position of vice chairman.

Meanwhile, three directors, including Douglas Watkin, who led the ‘coup,’ and who had been elevated into the positions of vice chairman and then chairman, have all resigned.

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Mr Eyre said “The meeting brought issues to a head that have been rumbling on for some months. A number of directors, specifically those with the least experience in the role, have not worked well with the rest of the board and have made some interventions that have upset supporters, sponsors, club staff and volunteers.

“I am particularly angry that doubt has been cast on my integrity, and I absolutely refute any notion of misconduct and have taken legal advice to that effect.”

The Supporters Trust and Supporters Club, the two largest shareholders in the club, met this week to discuss convening an EGM with a view to removing up to five of the club’s nine directors. It is believed both organisations were in favour, and further supported by a number of former directors and individual fans.

However the EGM may not be required following the news that Watkin, Lesley Hood and David Hamilton have all stepped down, and the club has indicated that further changes may be forthcoming.

Berwick kicked off their SPL Division 2 campaign at home to Stirling Albion on Saturday the Board have urged fans to get behind the team and give their support to manager Robbie Horn and the players.

Horn said: “It’s been a difficult environment in which to operate, and whilst we might say that events in the Boardroom shouldn’t affect players, there’s no doubt that it doesn’t help when there’s conflict. I can already sense a mood of positivity and enthusiasm, and that can only be a good thing going in to the new season.”