DERRY CITY boss, Kenny Shiels believes it’s vitally important to engage with the club’s supporters and has welcomed the public consultation process announced by the club this week.
The Brandywell club are encouraging fans to engage in a ‘widespread and open conversation’ with club representatives and express their views on the best possible future for the club.
I think fan engagement is important. We want the fans to feel part of the club.Kenny Shiels
The meeting will be chaired by Denis Bradley alongside Patrick Simpson (Managing Director of Brunswick) and Board member, Harry McCourt and is scheduled to take place before Christmas.
A short report will then be presented in the New Year and decisions on how to ‘re-energise’ the club will then be taken.
Derry City manager, Shiels believes the meeting will prove beneficial to the club.
“I think fan engagement is important,” said Shiels. “We want the fans to feel part of the club.
“And it’s important we have that emotion and carry on with that siege mentality type of attitude.
“I want to have that so it gives us an extra five per cent and every other little thing that gives the players an edge, we will work hard at that.”
A statement from the club read: “To accompany the very positive announcements of the appointment of a new manager and the development of the Brandywell Stadium, the Board of Directors have also launched a public consultation.
“This will be a widespread and open conversation with all those who consider themselves part of the community that is Derry City Football Club.
“This consultation will take place during the next few months. It will give everyone an opportunity to express and advise on the best possible future for the club. “It will seek views on the best models of governance (Limited Company/Board of Directors/Supporters Ownership etc.).
“It will want to hear views on how best to attract new generations to the Brandywell – to the matches certainly, but also to the broader life of the club (events, debates, celebrations etc.) and to involvement in the administration and the management of the Club.
“Apart from those major issues, the consultation will be wanting to hear anything that might add to the buoyancy and the presence of the Club within the life of the City and its hinterland.
“And especially welcome will be the views of supporters and fans who now live or work abroad but who continue to hold memories and good wishes for the club.
“The Board have asked Denis Bradley to chair the consultation along with Patrick Simpson, Managing Director of Brunswick and Harry McCourt, former Derry City player and current member of the Board. They have asked that the consultation take place between now and Christmas and that a short report be presented in the New Year.
“The Board would encourage people to take part in this important consultation. It will be an important contribution in the renewal and re-energising of this great football club.
“They would like to thank Denis Bradley, Patrick Simpson and Harry McCourt for agreeing to undertake this work and look forward to their reporting back to the Board in January.