Date:Wednesday August 16 2006
New board member Daniel Potts has admitted he lacks the necessary cash to be a sugar daddy to the club, but is still keen to advance the club with some fresh ideas. Potts had previously struggled to gain any trust from his fellow shareholders, as John Bowler and co refused him a place on the board.
Potts is believed to have similar views to fellow new board members Mark Hassall and Jimmy Rowlinson, as well as long-serving director Norman Hassall, with whom he combined his shares to advertise a controlling interest in the club recently.
Potts declared, 'Between the three of us (Mark Hassall, Jimmy Rowlinson and himself) we will put some fresh ideas onto the table and hopefully progress things at the Alex.' However, Potts also insinuated his frustration with the conservative nature of the other directors, 'If decisions have to be made, they will have to be made by the board collectively.'
The previous mistrust towards Daniel Potts from John Bowler and co is certainly understandable, as Potts is a property developer. Wrexham recently suffered at the hands of property developer Alex Harrison, who used the club's money to buy their stadium, before transferring it into his own name for the princely sum of £1. Harrison intended to demolish the ground and build a housing estate, though his plans were eventually blocked by a court.
However, it appears that Potts intends to put his business skills to good use as he seeks to improve the club's much-maligned commercial activity. Potts revealed, 'I want to check on the commercial side of things, but I can't say much until I have an idea of the figures.'
It will be interesting to see how the current board situation develops. The younger and seemingly more ambitious Daniel Potts, Mark Hassall and Jimmy Rowlinson seem likely to conflict with their fellow experienced and stable board members. Just how Potts and co intend to execute their more ambitious plans remain to be seen, with the elder board members frequently reminding fans that they do all they can to progress the club.
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