Alan Crockford (right) with Roger Pyne.

Hux is gone – now what?
Two of City’s most profiled supporters in recent years give their views on Monday’s shock resignation of Ia Huxham, City’s Managing Director.

The questions we asked:

1) What do you think was Huxham's reason for quitting?
2) From prostrate admiration, Hux has been under quite a lot criticism
lately. How do you rate his total work for the club?
3) What now? (Do we need a MD, what claims will come up, will the
resignation – it that is what it is – end up in the courts…)


The answers we got:



NEIL LE MILLIERE, LONDON, well, you all know who he is:

"1) What do you think was Huxham's reason for quitting?"

I don't know and would hesitate to speculate but I find it most strange that
he has not seen fit to make any statement about it himself. I know a lot of
people are asking why the club (or Trust) hasn't said more but it was Hux
who resigned so surely the onus is on him?

"2) From prostrate admiration, Hux has been under quite a lot criticism
lately. How do you rate his total work for the club?"


Hux stood up ad was counted with a few others and his drive and
determination along with Terry Pavey and Julian Tagg were the main people
when it came to saving the club and for that the club and it's fans will be
forever grateful.

Lately there seems to have been problems but that will never detract from
his overall excellent service.

"3) What now? (Do we need a MD, what claims will come up, will the
resignation - it that is what it is - end up in the courts.)"


Well the CVA Supervisor certainly thought so as it was a condition of the
CVA that we appointed a full time MD.

It's certainly a resignation but the silence from both Ian and the Club
leads to all sorts of speculation. I really hope there isn't a court case or
anything similar as surely we've had enough of this over the last few years.
I guess we just have to wait and see, trusting our Club Board to proceed in
the best interests of the club.



PETE WILLIAMS, EXETER, former contributor to City fanzine Exe Directory:

"I'd rather not comment on Huxham apart from the fact that he is s*cum."



ALAN CROCKFORD, LONDON, City legend and former editor of several City fanzines and the London Exiles' home page:

1) What do you think was Huxham's reason for quitting?


I really have no idea at all. Resignation via solicitor's letter is a little worrying though.

2) From prostrate admiration, Hux has been under quite a lot criticism lately. How do you rate his total work for the club?

By getting involved when he did, Hux did much to force through the transfer of the club from Doble & Co to the Trust. For that - and for his work in fighting the football authorities and the Inland Revenue to secure the CVA - he should always be an Exeter City hero.

However, since getting the MD position there has been a failure by all concerned to create a structure that effectively involves people in the workings of the club. Hux was an architect as well as a victim of this situation. I had no problem at all with his being paid a decent wage to work on the day-to-day running of the club, but he never seemed to grasp the idea that his role was, (or at least should have been), that of senior administrator and NOT that of El Presidento.


3) What now? (Do we need a MD, what claims will come up, will the resignation – it that is what it is – end up in the courts…)

I think a full restructuring is long overdue. We could have a commercial manager, a facilities manager and a finance manager, all accountable to a Trust committee which (a) provides strategic direction for ECFC, (b) sets goals and targets, and (c) consults with and reports back to the Trust membership.



PAUL GARNHAM, EXETER, founder of GrecianWorld and former member of the Trust committee:

1) What do you think was Huxham's reason for quitting?

I wouldn't even like to speculate on that mate, other than to say, knowing Ian personally as I do, I suspect it was a culmination of things rather than one single incident. I haven't been privvy to the pathetic internal politics of Trust and Club now for too long to know what the current sad little "playground" spats are about!

2) From prostrate admiration, Hux has been under quite a lot criticism lately. How do you rate his total work for the club?

Could absolutely not fault it. No sane person could (and that's part of the problem!) My only concern was his own personal views on Shandygate, but we shall never see how that would have panned out now.

3) What now? (Do we need a MD, what claims will come up, will the resignation – it that is what it is – end up in the courts…)

If he resigned, then there will be no pay off, court action, claims for unfair dismissal, legal wrangles etc.

Don't care about the title, but YES absolutely the club needs someone at the helm, appropriately salaried, to be the point of ultimate responsibility and to be blunt, to work his fucking @rse off 7 days a week, 350-odd days a year.

Even the Trust could just about do with someone paid to deal with the administration that comes with dealing with 3,000+ members. Volunteers are great up to a point, but it just becomes too much and, unless we have a lottery winner in our midst who can afford to work for nothing for the rest of his life (AND be a saint to put up with all the inevitable criticism) then a paid guv'nor is the only way it can be done.

Worth / deserves £40k a year? Jury possibly out, but look around at salaries of Chief Execs at other footie clubs (and indeed other organisations / companies, even local Councils) and it would be "below par" compared to almost all of them.

Former Supporters' Club Chairman, Gary Nelson are expected to make his thoughts public before the weekend.

MV

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