County appoint General Manager

NEWPORT County have moved to appoint a General Manager with experienced local businessman Steve Dance chosen to fill the role.

The Exiles, now a fully full-time outfit and set to play for the next three years at least at Rodney Parade, have been without a GM since Phil Morgan left the club earlier this season.

The Exiles released the following statement to supporters this evening.

In a week where we appear to have justified the appearance of our move to Rodney Parade by taking both the back and front pages of the South Wales Argus, and furthermore, having mentions on BBC TV and radio, we are now pleased to announce more good news.

It is essential that we enter Rodney Parade with a determination to match the new facilities with a professionally run Club - off the pitch. For many years, we have been able to depend on the remarkable support offered by numerous volunteers, who have given up their time to assist in the day to day running of our Club.

We need to move into a new era, and to this end, we have decided to appoint a new full time General Manager.

Our chosen candidate is Mr Steve Dance. Many of you associated with the Club may well know Steve - he is a regular visitor to our Club. Steve has over 20 years of management experience, holding those roles with the Post Office, General Electric, Radyr Golf Club, and of course with his last employers - The Celtic Manor.

At the Celtic Manor, Steve was a particularly well respected Head of Membership for over five years, with additional responsibilities for Membership Relations, Sales and Administration. He played a major role in the Members Ticketing for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

As an accomplished golfer playing off single figures, Steve has been a keen and active sportsman. His role at the Celtic Golf Complex has offered him invaluable experience in the world of Corporate entertainment, allowing him almost daily contact with numerous other sports bodies and associations... Steve's appointment commences on Thursday June 7.

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8:05pm Sat 2 Jun 12

larneman says...

I would have thought that new players would have been the top priority. we can manage without another official but its good quality players we need.
I would have thought that new players would have been the top priority. we can manage without another official but its good quality players we need. larneman
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12:25am Sun 3 Jun 12

D Taylor says...

You remind me of Winston Churchill who, when informed that 12,000 clerks would land in France on D-day, said that he only wanted fighting men to go. Without the clerks everything would have ground to a halt in days.

This appointment is badly needed and will help a great deal in re-building the team and in making the club more professional.
You remind me of Winston Churchill who, when informed that 12,000 clerks would land in France on D-day, said that he only wanted fighting men to go. Without the clerks everything would have ground to a halt in days. This appointment is badly needed and will help a great deal in re-building the team and in making the club more professional. D Taylor
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10:03am Sun 3 Jun 12

ohc says...

This is indeed good news. Perhaps we will now see decisions based on strategy and reality. Suggest he starts by looking at the curious budget the Team Manager has and the assumptions that support it
This is indeed good news. Perhaps we will now see decisions based on strategy and reality. Suggest he starts by looking at the curious budget the Team Manager has and the assumptions that support it ohc
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10:18am Sun 3 Jun 12

the dork says...

Strange appointment! How can working for a cash risk outfit like the Manor give you the grounding to manage a strapped conference club that needs a 'Crawley Town' style makeover? Let us not passed judgement too soon however a lot of networking is done on golf courses and the 19th hole. He may yet lead us a 'merry dance' (heard that one before ave you).I agree that this should not be the top- of the shopping list for the wembley money. We need a fundraiser but most of all players that can play on the RP grass. Good luck Stephen.Can't help thinking someone with footy experience from outside would have been better but may be that is the nature of business in the claustrophobic atmosphere of the city. Another gin and tonic? butty.
Strange appointment! How can working for a cash risk outfit like the Manor give you the grounding to manage a strapped conference club that needs a 'Crawley Town' style makeover? Let us not passed judgement too soon however a lot of networking is done on golf courses and the 19th hole. He may yet lead us a 'merry dance' (heard that one before ave you).I agree that this should not be the top- of the shopping list for the wembley money. We need a fundraiser but most of all players that can play on the RP grass. Good luck Stephen.Can't help thinking someone with footy experience from outside would have been better but may be that is the nature of business in the claustrophobic atmosphere of the city. Another gin and tonic? butty. the dork
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11:36am Sun 3 Jun 12

Adrian Williams says...

There's no pleasing some people is there. Of course we are actively seeking players at the moment - we need to step things off the pitch as well and this is a step in the right direction
There's no pleasing some people is there. Of course we are actively seeking players at the moment - we need to step things off the pitch as well and this is a step in the right direction Adrian Williams
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11:59am Sun 3 Jun 12

adrian simmonds says...

It's obvious that Steve was lined up for the job subject only to us getting RP. My view is that RP will gain us a good 500 extra spectators a week and even if you take a pessimistic average of only £10 per head, allowing for concessions, that would mean over £100,000 extra income in the season plus bar/catering/program
mes/merchandise etc. Steve's salary with whatever perks he gets will be nowhere near that so we can certainly afford him, though he will have to prove he's worth a lot more than 100 grand to the club.
Player -budget - we don't know what budget Justin has got or is somebody tapping mobile phones?
Just as Chris had Steve lined up, I'm sure Justin had some good prospects lined up too and with RP now a done deal, let's hope we start seeing some real action next week on the signings front.
It's obvious that Steve was lined up for the job subject only to us getting RP. My view is that RP will gain us a good 500 extra spectators a week and even if you take a pessimistic average of only £10 per head, allowing for concessions, that would mean over £100,000 extra income in the season plus bar/catering/program mes/merchandise etc. Steve's salary with whatever perks he gets will be nowhere near that so we can certainly afford him, though he will have to prove he's worth a lot more than 100 grand to the club. Player -budget - we don't know what budget Justin has got or is somebody tapping mobile phones? Just as Chris had Steve lined up, I'm sure Justin had some good prospects lined up too and with RP now a done deal, let's hope we start seeing some real action next week on the signings front. adrian simmonds
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11:45pm Tue 5 Jun 12

adrian simmonds says...

It's disappointing that the club has messed around with the planned meeting at RP for Wednesday but it's definitely ON. I just wonder how few will be there given the lack of re-confirmation.
It's disappointing that the club has messed around with the planned meeting at RP for Wednesday but it's definitely ON. I just wonder how few will be there given the lack of re-confirmation. adrian simmonds
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