Commercial director quits Celtic

STALYBRIDGE Celtic has been hit by another resignation, Chris Horrocks little more than four months after being appointed commercial director.

It comes in the wake of manager Simon Haworth launching a scathing attack on the running of the relegation-threatened Evo-Stik League, premier division side.

He described Bower Fold as being a “pretty toxic environment” and the club as being “rotten”.

Haworth, who is both the first team and academy manager, pointed out the club is in need of a major overhaul off the pitch after a worrying slide in recent years.

He said: “Myself, Liam Watson, Keith Briggs, Steve Halford and Steve Burr are not all bad managers nor are the 200 plus players who have appeared for the club in that time.

“An awful lot needs to be done off the field to benefit on the field.”

Haworth added the priority is to stay in the division but in the summer major changes are needed.

He continued: “It is a pretty toxic environment. Of all the clubs I have been at, it is as bad as any in terms of negativity and back stabbing.

“The whole club probably needs fumigating… it needs gutting to start again and get the community back as there is a lot of disenchantment.

“I have seen that in the last eight or nine months as somebody from the outside coming in. A lot of people have given up on the football club.

“This is a rotten one and the worst I have been involved in for a lot of things – moaning, slinging mud and stirring.”

Haworth called for unity and for everybody to pull together for the wellbeing of the football club.

He explained: “I need to be David Blaine and I have never seen anything like it.

“A lot needs to be done in the summer and things have to change at this football club.”

Chief executive officer Wendy Mackie said: “Simon has got the club at heart and wants to see changes so it improves.

“We all have opinions about how the club should be run but at the moment we need to get behind the team which needs every bit of support and help it can get this week to beat Grantham on Saturday (April 27) and ensure we aren’t relegated.”

Mr Gorski commenting on Mr Horrocks’ departure on the club’s social media.

He said: “I regret to announce that Chris has decided to step down from his role as commercial director. Chris joined us in December and he spent a significant amount of his time trying to get the Celtic name out there in the local community and bring in much needed new sponsors.

“We thank Chris for all of his endeavours and we certainly wish him well in his future career.”

In an unrelated move, media officer Keith Trudgeon has agreed to help in the office a couple of days each week. He joins director Keith Smart who already helps each Tuesday.

Mr Gorski added: “Keith will hopefully take some of the strain off Wendy and give her a bit of an infrastructure to delegate to. A massive thanks for donating his time free of charge.

“We need more volunteers, more representation and general hands on deck.”

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