Monday 9th May 2022

FOLLOWING the disappointment of our relegation to cinch League Two, everyone at the club is hurting. As fans of Dumbarton FC, as well as being Board members, we are as upset by this as you, the supporters.

Now we need to plan for the forthcoming season and to this end the work has already started, albeit with a different goal from the one we had anticipated and hoped for – our clear aim is to return cinch League One in our 150th anniversary year.

We have Stevie Farrell under contract as manager, along with a number of players, so we are slightly better positioned than in many previous seasons when recruitment was delayed. This is a valid criticism which has been levelled at the Board in the past.

When Stevie Farrell joined the club, he began the process of rebuilding a full squad, and we have put plans in place to enable a smoother, proactive pre-season both in recruitment and performance. With backing and preparation, we believe that he will get this club promoted back to cinch League One. Everyone within the club will work together, as well as with Stevie, to identify and remedy our shortcomings. Indeed, this is work which has already started.

We will be speaking with him over the next few days to discuss his budget, which will inevitably be reduced, though we will endeavour to limit the reduction as much as is possible, in keeping with our commitment to regaining cinch League One status. We will provide support to him and his staff in every way possible to achieve our objectives.

Recognising the huge disappointment which all of us as supporters are feeling, we ask you to unite behind the team and continue to give your support to your football club, especially at this low point. Our supporters are extremely important to us and are the heart of the club. The Young Sons in particular are our future and are valued by all of us at the club, especially by the players.

Please be assured the Chairman, Board, and everyone at the club will continue to work hard to restore our place in cinch League One at the end of the next campaign.

As the week progresses we will provide more information on the way forward.

Dumbarton Football Club

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