Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Rob Northfield has left a legacy at Tadcaster Albion - Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall
By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall has paid tribute to departed chairman Rob Northfield.
Northfield resigned two weeks before the start of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division season to end his four-year association with the Ings Lane outfit.
Under Northfield’s reign, Tadcaster won the NCEL Division One title and the NCEL President’s Cup and Marshall believes he has been fantastic for Albion.
He also confirmed that the search is on for new investor.
“We’re all rallying round,” he told Sports Performer.
“It is a shame that it happened just before the start of the season, but Rob has done brilliant for the club and has helped stabilise the club and put us in the Premier Division.
“Everybody at the club thanks him for that.
“It was a shock, obviously it happened just before I went on holiday, but he has his own reasons for leaving the club and he has every right to do what he feels is right for him and his family.
“He has left a great legacy. He has won two trophies, we have won a league and a cup under his stewardship.
“It was one of the best things I ever did when myself and Kevin Derry went to get him involved as a sponsor. He obviously took the club on.
“We’re a limited company and he has cleared the financial debt that the club was in.
“We have just got to look for a new investor so we can progress.
“We are in a great financial position at the club and we need to get someone in who wants to move the club to the next level.”
When asked on whether the team budget would be cut, Marshall said: “Not yet, we have to wait and see how things go.
“The players will get what we can afford to pay them.”
And he added: “It is just a case of players playing for the club and not just for expenses so it’s not a problem.
“(President) Kevin Derry and Dave Lloyd are coming up with all sorts of ideas to raise money and there are one-or-two investors who are interested.
“We have to stay positive and if no-one comes in, we’ll just have to play with kids – we have done it before.
“It is nice when you have money to attract good players, but if you don’t have it, you carry on with the best players you can get on the field.”
A meeting is being held tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss the future of Tadcaster and start forming a new committee.
The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

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