Just taken this from the non league site reguarding Altrincham turning down Heathcoates offer to stand down, what really caught my eye was the last paragraph where the chairman states how much 'extra' revenue he feels the supporters need to raise next season;
Altrincham chairman Geoff Goodwin has informed that at this week's Board meeting, manager Graham Heathcote offered to step down as manager following the club's relegation from the Nationwide Conference National.
However, the Board immediately rejected any idea of Heathcote (pictured) departing, given his achievements over the last four and a half years in taking the club from the UniBond North to the Conference National.
They feel that Heathcote and assistant manager Dalton Steele are well qualified to take the club forward once again, next season, at Conference North (Blue Square Northern) level.
But Goodwin has underlined the need for all supporters to commit themselves to the cause next season.
He points out that whilst there is to be income deriving from the development of the Moss Lane car park, this will not mean that the playing budget will be large next season.
Indeed, a number of clubs in Nationwide North next season are likely to have larger budgets than Altrincham, who will have to adjust to smaller attendance income and the loss of money from television and other sources which feeds through to Blue Square Premier (Conference National) clubs.
So Goodwin is calling on all fans to lend their support to the club's social and fundraising events . If supporters have ideas for fundraising they are encouraged to put them into practice themselves, as there is a limit to what the Board alone can do.
Goodwin emphasized that all of the Board are volunteers who derive no financial benefit form their positions - in fact, the contrary applies!
The chairman sees next season as very important as everyone needs to show commitment to the club despite its reduced status on the field.
Goodwin indicated that around £100,000 needs to be raised, above and beyond gate money, to ensure that the club competes with the top clubs in the new division. "We've over-achieved over the last few years", said Goodwin, "and we now need to adjust to our new circumstances
The hardest part about moving on is learning not to look back!!