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Nigel Bertram and Alan Bowkett

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http://www.edp24.co.uk/content/edp24/sport/football/norwich-city/story.aspx?brand=EDPOnline&category=SportNorwich&tBrand=EDPOnline&tCategory=xDefault&itemid=NOED05%20May%202009%2008%3A20%3A47%3A717 - Full Story

http://www.edp24.co.uk/content/edp24/sport/football/norwich-city/story.aspx?tbrand=EDPOnline&tcategory=xDefault&brand=EDPOnline&category=NewsSplash&itemid=NOED05+May+2009+08%3a23%3a25%3a660 - Open letter

http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/search/article/409617/uk-profile-alan-bowkett/ - Alan Bowkett business profile.

 

With the resiganations called for of Roger Munby and Neil Doncaster today by Nigel Bertram and Alan Bowkett who are Chairman and Vice chairmen of NCFC Associate Directors Group, I cannot see under any circumstance that neithier Mr. Munby or Mr. Doncaster can remain in their positions. The resason why they cannot remain in their positions is because the group hold 5% shares in the club plus a larger amount of preference shares, according to the open letter sent to Roger Munby and the press the board has met with Mr. Doncaster to offer advice as to how to ''see how the skills of our group can be utilised for the greater good of the NCFC family.'' This adivce the majority of the time has fallen of deaf ears. The only people who can explain why their advice was not more actively saught after one can only guess at, but bearing in mind that the group is made up of 27 members who each own at least 1000 fans and the vast majority are prominent local businessmen that coupled with the expertise the Alan Bowkett has with failing business'' (after all NCFC is failing catastrophically at the moment) I find it incredible that help has not been sought after.

Mr Doncaster, Mr. Munby, your days are numbered. Resign without compensation for the good of the club.

As for who replaces them, nobody can say, but for me personally I would be utilising all of the expertise available, and that includes putting a phonecall into the offices of Alan Bowkett.

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With the greatest of respect, these two people acted of their own accord. They may well be head of a group that totals 5% of the shares, but they have not sought the opinions or approval of the remaining members of that group. That limits the impact of this call, IMO.

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Absolutely spot on, there are people with not just money but also the equally important business acumen to really help the club in the coming months regain its footing and Alan Bowkett is certainly one of them, a true big hitter in the business world

With Steve Morgan taking the helm at Redrow in the very near future the timing could not be better?

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[quote user="TheMarshmallowMonkey"]With the greatest of respect, these two people acted of their own accord. They may well be head of a group that totals 5% of the shares, but they have not sought the opinions or approval of the remaining members of that group. That limits the impact of this call, IMO.[/quote]

In writing and sending the letter yes, the pair did not have the opinions of the remaining group. However that does not mean that the facts are not true, they met with the board and their adivce was not heeded. I think that a person of Alan Bowkett standing made an informed and educated decision in calling for Munby and Doncaster to resign.

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[quote user="Bury Green"]

Absolutely spot on, there are people with not just money but also the equally important business acumen to really help the club in the coming months regain its footing and Alan Bowkett is certainly one of them, a true big hitter in the business world

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What has AB. been doing since his Boulton and Paul days?

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[quote user="Shake n Vac the basd meerkat up"][quote]You wouldn''t be questioning his motives by bumping this thread would you?[/quote]

No,  just wondered why the articles are missing.
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This was the open letter from Bowkett

Open letter to Roger Munby, chairman of Norwich City Football Club, from Nigel Bertram and Alan Bowkett, chairman and deputy chairman of the NCFC Associate Directors Group

Dear Roger,

As you know we are respectively the chairman and deputy chairman of NCFC''s Associate Directors Group which is a team of local businessmen and supporters who collectively own approximately 5pc of the equity in NCFC plus substantial sums in the preference shares. Please note the views in this letter are our own.

Over the past five years we have met with you and Neil Doncaster on a number of occasions to see how the skills of our group can be utilised for the greater good of the NCFC family.

Sadly, our advice has been dismissed the majority of the time.

Perhaps our only success has been the introduction and financing of the Employee of the Year Awards for non-footballing colleagues at the club, an event you have now decided to abandon.

You are aware that we have been dissatisfied with the executive management of the club for a number of years, culminating in our preparation of a financial analysis of the situation and strategic options open to us in December 2007.

To the board''s continuing shame you categorically refused to meet your own shareholders to discuss the proposals; proposals that were developed with the sole aim of improving the situation.

We now know that you believed we were in concert with Peter Cullum as you were then in negotiations with him in complete secrecy.

Ironically, no member of our group knows this man and it was only through logic and financial analysis that we concluded that some £25m needed to be invested, a similar sum to that calculated by Mr Cullum''s advisors.

We are acutely conscious that all the directors love the club and have taken decisions that they felt were the correct ones at the time.

However, good intent is not the only skill required to manage an enterprise: skill, leadership, vision and empathy with all stakeholders are essential.

The board does not have these attributes.

The mistakes during your stewardship are legion and well documented in correspondence and internet postings throughout the county and beyond.

Suffice to say we are now in the third tier of English football, our financial situation is dire, we

do not have a team, the loyal supporters are distressed but we do have the best ground in the third division
.

Under your chairmanship and Neil Doncaster''s executive leadership the quality of our product has deteriorated every year since 2004, losses have continued to mount and debt piled up.

The only honourable course open to you both is to resign forthwith without compensation, the board to search for a new chief executive, appoint a new chairman from the local business community and work with the current majority shareholders to get us out of this mess.

For the avoidance of doubt, neither of us seeks to join the board.

Unfortunately, we do not expect you to listen to our arguments alone and therefore we will be consulting with various stakeholder groups to ensure that we create a sufficient groundswell of public opinion that will be resolute, indefatigable and irresistible.

We must end this uncertainty now

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[quote user="Shake n Vac"][quote]You wouldn''t be questioning his motives by bumping this thread would you?[/quote]

No,  just wondered why the articles are missing.
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Because our archive ditches a lot of stuff after a month.

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A "lot" of stuff?  Its a script, so either it dumps EVERYTHIN after a month, nothing or stuff based on certain criteria.What criteria in the system did the deletion of this letter from the EDP website fit into?

[quote user="Sports Desk - Pete"]

[quote user="Shake n Vac"][quote]You wouldn''t be questioning his motives by bumping this thread would you?[/quote]No,  just wondered why the articles are missing.[/quote]

Because our archive ditches a lot of stuff after a month.

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[quote user="ACE"]A "lot" of stuff?  Its a script, so either it dumps EVERYTHIN after a month, nothing or stuff based on certain criteria.

What criteria in the system did the deletion of this letter from the EDP website fit into?


[quote user="Sports Desk - Pete"]

[quote user="Shake n Vac"][quote]You wouldn''t be questioning his motives by bumping this thread would you?[/quote]

No,  just wondered why the articles are missing.
[/quote]

Because our archive ditches a lot of stuff after a month.

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Easy tiger, Pete''s got to watch what he say''s now [:D]

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Every feed has a different end date when copy is filed to it, unless changed manually, plus the site changeover a month ago didn''t help matters.

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Ok, thanks Pete.  [quote user="Sports Desk - Pete"]Every feed has a different end date when copy is filed to it, unless changed manually, plus the site changeover a month ago didn''t help matters.[/quote]

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