THE CEO of Salisbury City is refusing to lie down and insists the “fight goes on” to regain ownership of the limbo club as they prepare for another court appearance.
Paul Smith, pictured, will be heading to the High Court on Tuesday with the aim of seizing ownership of the club from current owner Otail Touzar.
Until the on-going ownership saga is sorted, the club’s board of directors are unable to enter a league as they have no football team, after losing all of their players in the summer.
Mr Smith, who has been tackling the ownership battle alongside the club’s five directors, is urging supporters across the city to back them.
“The people involved in this club will not let it fold,” Mr Smith said.
“We can only do what we can do but we’ll be battle on.
“We’re most definitely not going to chuck the towel in and we’re doing our best to get things right.”
“The board of directors are decent people and are trying to save the club from being obliterated.
“At the moment, we need the support of the people as we’re in a dire and desperate situation.”
With the Ray Mac club not affiliated to any league, The Sydenhams Wessex League, which started three weeks ago, has left the door ajar for the potential late addition of the Whites to their ranks.
But according to Mr Smith, S a l i s b u r y haven’t discussed potential entry to the W e s s e x Premier and added they don’t have aspirations to join it.
But if they did, following consultation with the Football Association, the league has put clubs on standby to attend an emergency general meeting at Totton & Eling Sports Club on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Steve Claridge, who was lined up to replace Mikey Harris as first team manager, has taken a back seat while the legal matters take are sorted.
Mr Smith added: “Steve is a good friend of mine but at the moment he can’t sign any players as he has nothing to offer them.”
“We just have to take one step at a time. At the moment we don’t own the football club.”