Mark Winter quits Salisbury City

Mark Winter has left Salisbury City

Mark Winter has left Salisbury City

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THE owner of struggling Salisbury City has resigned.

Mark Winter has stepped down from his position after purchasing the club last month with Moroccan partner Otail Touzar.

Mr Winter, 47, says he has ploughed more than £75,000 into the club, while claiming Mr Touzar, who is the major backer with 98 per cent shares, is yet to invest any money.

Over the past few weeks, Mr Winter said he had been working tirelessly to get Mr Touzar to hand over his shares but, despite help from legal advisors; he has been unable to do so.

The club has until 5pm on Friday to pay its football creditors and secure a bond of £50,000 to avoid expulsion from Conference South.

A winding up order from HMRC of £29,000 is also due, next week, otherwise Whites will fold entirely.

“I wish I could give you better news, but as it stands, unless there is radical movement, I expect Salisbury to be expelled from the conference on Friday (July 4). The HMRC winding up petition which needs to be paid shortly will then call closure on the club,” said diehard supporter Mr Winter.

“As fans, we need to face the real possibility that there will be no Salisbury City Football club playing next season.

“You will all no doubt draw your own conclusions but I felt it was about time you all heard the reality of where we are.”

“Touzar would have the world believe he is working around the clock to save the club. The brutal truth is he has done nothing to help the club. We have tried everything in our power to reason with him, even offering him money to give the club back.”

Mr Winter, Salisbury City under 11s coach, and his fiancée Michaela Menzel have been involved in the club for the past six years.

He added it's heartbreaking to walk away from the club he loves but was left with little alternative.

“The club, over the past six years, has become a massive part of my families' lives. We have had some wonderful times and made lots of very good friends. Those memories, and those friends are something no one can take away from us. I, Michaela and all those that have supported our efforts over the last weeks are heartbroken to be taking the decision to walk away, but there really is no other option.”

In the midst of City's financial woes, Mikey Harris quit last week to be unveiled as Portsmouth's new under 18s head coach.

Players out:

Brian Dutton (Havant and Waterlooville)

Jamie White (Bristol Rovers)

Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers)

Luke Ruddick (Sutton United)

Callum Hart (Sutton United)

Glenn Wilson (Aldershot Town)

Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers)

Dan Fitchett (Aldershot Town)

Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers)

Charlie Sheringham (Ebbsfleet United)

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers)

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12:39pm Wed 2 Jul 14

IanMcL says...

What a crying shame.
The outgoing chairman must bear much of the responsibility, surely? He sold the club and his debt....are new owners not vetted by the Conference?

No team and no owners. Ground only leased and to SCFC not a new outfit from the ashes. Is there any hope at all?

Any local millionaire with a big heart?
What a crying shame. The outgoing chairman must bear much of the responsibility, surely? He sold the club and his debt....are new owners not vetted by the Conference? No team and no owners. Ground only leased and to SCFC not a new outfit from the ashes. Is there any hope at all? Any local millionaire with a big heart? IanMcL
  • Score: 5

2:23pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Plebeian says...

IanMcL wrote:
What a crying shame.
The outgoing chairman must bear much of the responsibility, surely? He sold the club and his debt....are new owners not vetted by the Conference?

No team and no owners. Ground only leased and to SCFC not a new outfit from the ashes. Is there any hope at all?

Any local millionaire with a big heart?
Good points, but who can blame a businessman for shedding substantial debts for £1? It's not his fault the deal has fallen apart, after all the Conference applied their 'fit and proper person' test. i.e. pulses required.

As regards the leased ground, if the rent stops, will we soon be seeing Ray Mac Drive, or heaven forfend, Touzar Crescent?

Presumably this is just the sort of disaster the developers have been waiting for, so over to you local politicians and planners.
[quote][p][bold]IanMcL[/bold] wrote: What a crying shame. The outgoing chairman must bear much of the responsibility, surely? He sold the club and his debt....are new owners not vetted by the Conference? No team and no owners. Ground only leased and to SCFC not a new outfit from the ashes. Is there any hope at all? Any local millionaire with a big heart?[/p][/quote]Good points, but who can blame a businessman for shedding substantial debts for £1? It's not his fault the deal has fallen apart, after all the Conference applied their 'fit and proper person' test. i.e. pulses required. As regards the leased ground, if the rent stops, will we soon be seeing Ray Mac Drive, or heaven forfend, Touzar Crescent? Presumably this is just the sort of disaster the developers have been waiting for, so over to you local politicians and planners. Plebeian
  • Score: 1

7:19pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Mr Valezquez says...

Like I said on the other article... Who was responsible for carrying out Due Diligence on the new owner? DD is the very least you should do no matter what the business. I'm sad it's happened but not to do DD is plain negligence.
Like I said on the other article... Who was responsible for carrying out Due Diligence on the new owner? DD is the very least you should do no matter what the business. I'm sad it's happened but not to do DD is plain negligence. Mr Valezquez
  • Score: 0

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