CEO David Baldwin looks forward to a busy year…Good afternoon everyone and on behalf of myself and the Board of Directors, a very happy New Year.
It’s that time of year again when we all look forward to turning over a new leaf.
That is, of course, unless you already feel you are on the right path.
We certainly feel that’s the case, on and off the pitch.
An awful lot of advance planning has taken place to get the club in good shape behind the scenes and, of course, it’s not easy logistically to do that during a busy Championship season.
Shortly, the next big visible change will take place with the demolition of the old office block at the end of Harry Potts Way.
That will clear the way for the building of our new combined retail and ticketing outlet, with our ever-expanding community department moving into the top floor.
This will be a self-contained rebuilding job and should have no major impact on supporters entering the footprint of the stadium via that corner of the ground.
To reiterate, the Clarets Store will relocate to a front-facing temporary home in the Elite Training Centre, while the ticket office will move further up Harry Potts Way, again in the short-term.
There are also plans in the pipeline to improve the overall external appearance of the stadium. You may well have seen the new images of Jimmy McIlroy on the external walls of the stand that bears his name, along with the long-overdue tidying up of the bricks bearing supporters names.
We are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve things visually and hopefully you will see things continue to progress as we move forwards.
More imminently, we will be announcing our season ticket packages for the 2016/17 season next week, incorporating a new direct debit scheme. This will be an improved version of the standing order scheme that has already proven popular among supporters.
We are, as always committed to keeping football affordable and I am convinced we have put forward a series of incentives that will be welcomed.
Staffing-wise, we look forward to welcoming Matt Williams next month, when he starts his new role as General Manager.
Matt has a wealth of experience and his project-based role, which will look into all facts of the service we provide, will, I am convinced, help us to help you.
Finally, it is of course that time of the year, when the transfer window is open. As Sean has already stated, there are irons in the fire and we would like to do business over the coming four weeks.
There can never be any guarantees, but you can rest assured the club will continue to do all it can to support Sean and the players.
Interesting times ahead…