Boddy criticism is a blow admit County’s directors

South Wales Argus: RIGHT MAN: County director of football Tim Harris (left), chairman Les Scadding (second from left) and director Howard Greenhaf (right) with new chief executive Dave Boddy RIGHT MAN: County director of football Tim Harris (left), chairman Les Scadding (second from left) and director Howard Greenhaf (right) with new chief executive Dave Boddy

NEWPORT County’s board of directors admit they’ve been stung by criticism over the appointment of chief executive Dave Boddy.

The Newport board have watched on aghast as Boddy’s appointment has been mercilessly scrutinised.

On the Exiles messageboard, the former Worcester City chairman was even compared to former County chairman Jerry Sherman who presided over the club folding.

Much of the criticism is as a result of Newport not advertising the position and some critics have made clear that certain Worcester City fans don’t have a high opinion of Boddy.

However, County director Howard Greenhaf believes Boddy is the right man for the role and is hopeful he will prove to be a big success.

“I’ve seen all the stuff written online about Dave, it has taken us by surprise to be honest,” he said.

“We didn’t advertise for the role, but we didn’t advertise for the jobs when Tim Harris or Justin Edinburgh were appointed either.

“What I will admit is that this appointment should have happened sooner.

“The problem on that front is that during the summer, I was the only director who didn’t walk away from the club and we were dealing with the move to Rodney Parade.

“A chief executive is a vital appointment, the consortium (who tried to come on board at County, led by Matt Southall) thought so too and as far as I am aware, they also wouldn’t have advertised for the job.” Greenhaf feels that the present board of directors have earned more goodwill from supporters than the online criticism suggests.

“To be honest, it does sting because I honestly don’t know how much more we could’ve done this season,” he said.

“We have appointed a new chairman with passion for the club and money to invest in us, we have several new people on the board and we are negotiating to stay at Rodney Parade for another ten years.

“Yet despite all that it seems a certain section just don’t trust us to do what is right for the club.

“We are challenging for promotion and looking to strengthen the squad.

“We feel that Dave’s appointment just adds to an already exciting season.”

Greenhaf reiterated that two members of County’s Supporters’ Trust sat in on the interviews with Boddy, making clear that the ex-Conference man was interviewed three times for the position.

However, Greenhaf was also at pains to point out that Boddy was no stranger to the Rodney Parade hierarchy.

“We’ve all worked with Dave for a year, we deal with the Conference a lot and we’ve watched him in his role, we know how he operates,” he said.

“We like him, we are comfortable working with him, we believe he will do a good job.

“His explanation for his time at Worcester is satisfactory to us.

“But even so, there are many, many successful local business people in this area who I could mention who haven’t made a huge success of every venture they’ve been involved with.

“We feel Dave has expertise of the Conference, passion and knowledge for football and feel we can work with him.

“That’s why we appointed him.”

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9:02am Thu 10 Jan 13

the dork says...

Sounds like the directors are way out of touch with fans feelings an thoughts....don't know their ear from their elbow. sad
Sounds like the directors are way out of touch with fans feelings an thoughts....don't know their ear from their elbow. sad the dork

9:05am Thu 10 Jan 13

the dork says...

I note there is an advert on this page for thwrexham game that took place 6 days ago !!!!!! I rest my case
I note there is an advert on this page for thwrexham game that took place 6 days ago !!!!!! I rest my case the dork

9:28am Thu 10 Jan 13

Mr G Went says...

“Yet despite all that it seems a certain section just don’t trust us to do what is right for the club."

I guess that whilst there is a failed takeover (sorry, merger) bid, there will always be those that will scrutineer every little decision that the current board will make.
“Yet despite all that it seems a certain section just don’t trust us to do what is right for the club." I guess that whilst there is a failed takeover (sorry, merger) bid, there will always be those that will scrutineer every little decision that the current board will make. Mr G Went

9:49am Thu 10 Jan 13

Old Gaer Boy says...

I think the word is 'COMMUNICATION'

In the previous Chairman's time and when Holdsworth was here, I received regular e mails advising of developements and plans.

Since the new Chaairman took office there has been a total lack of information from the club.

I now get all my news from the Argus.

I have just scoured the Club website and there is nothing there showing the club management structure.

I know that Harris is there, also there is a commercial manager ( I believe),where does Boddy fit in with these other management functions?

I think a little prior notice that this was planned and why, would have gone a long way in alaying all this negative comment.

Let's hear from the Chairman occasionally.
I think the word is 'COMMUNICATION' In the previous Chairman's time and when Holdsworth was here, I received regular e mails advising of developements and plans. Since the new Chaairman took office there has been a total lack of information from the club. I now get all my news from the Argus. I have just scoured the Club website and there is nothing there showing the club management structure. I know that Harris is there, also there is a commercial manager ( I believe),where does Boddy fit in with these other management functions? I think a little prior notice that this was planned and why, would have gone a long way in alaying all this negative comment. Let's hear from the Chairman occasionally. Old Gaer Boy

10:38am Thu 10 Jan 13

netala says...

did i read something in the press. that mr. boddy`s positon would be self financing, if so bring him on board, and let`s see what he can do.
did i read something in the press. that mr. boddy`s positon would be self financing, if so bring him on board, and let`s see what he can do. netala

10:51am Thu 10 Jan 13

Tony Soprano says...

How can they be surprised by the fan's reaction on the forum? a few Worcester fan's posted info about Mr Boddy's track record on the forum out of genuine consideration for our club's future & our fan's respond to it in the only way I'd expect them too, our fans are very cautious about this appointment & rightly so.

I just hope that our B.O.D keep close tabs on Mr Boddy's activity at our club & if things are starting to go " Belly up " they react quickly!! CTWD
How can they be surprised by the fan's reaction on the forum? a few Worcester fan's posted info about Mr Boddy's track record on the forum out of genuine consideration for our club's future & our fan's respond to it in the only way I'd expect them too, our fans are very cautious about this appointment & rightly so. I just hope that our B.O.D keep close tabs on Mr Boddy's activity at our club & if things are starting to go " Belly up " they react quickly!! CTWD Tony Soprano

11:36am Thu 10 Jan 13

D Taylor says...

Exactly. I am a supporter of the current management of County but not to expect an adverse reaction to this appointment is naive.
Exactly. I am a supporter of the current management of County but not to expect an adverse reaction to this appointment is naive. D Taylor

8:28pm Thu 10 Jan 13

LliswerryLlanc says...

There have been some feelings expressed on this and other message-boards that pointing out Mr Boddy's unsuccessful past is criticism of the current board of directors. This is certainly not the case, no one wishes to undermine those who devote their time and work so hard for the County at all levels. The lack of enthusiasm is for the individual himself. With his unfortunate record at previous football clubs, he doesn't appear to possess any skills, talents or qualifications that could possibly benefit us or contribute to our continued success. Did the Worcester City fans just imagine the disaster which befell them when Mr Boddy was in charge? One would not favour a surgeon whose every patient dies under their knife or promote a general who loses all his battles. One can recognise the need for a CEO at the Club, it just shouldn't be this unsuitable character.
There have been some feelings expressed on this and other message-boards that pointing out Mr Boddy's unsuccessful past is criticism of the current board of directors. This is certainly not the case, no one wishes to undermine those who devote their time and work so hard for the County at all levels. The lack of enthusiasm is for the individual himself. With his unfortunate record at previous football clubs, he doesn't appear to possess any skills, talents or qualifications that could possibly benefit us or contribute to our continued success. Did the Worcester City fans just imagine the disaster which befell them when Mr Boddy was in charge? One would not favour a surgeon whose every patient dies under their knife or promote a general who loses all his battles. One can recognise the need for a CEO at the Club, it just shouldn't be this unsuitable character. LliswerryLlanc

9:08am Fri 11 Jan 13

netala says...

i totally agree with . i only wish i could have put it so eloquently . he as exspressed what we all feel. no critisism against the board, only the suprise at this appointment.
i totally agree with [lliswerryllanc]. i only wish i could have put it so eloquently . he as exspressed what we all feel. no critisism against the board, only the suprise at this appointment. netala

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