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  1. Published on: 12/05/2017 08:58 PMReported by: roving-eye


    Dear all,

    Having had numerous forms of contact in the last 24 hours, it has become apparent to me that there are a number of untruths being told / shared / used as excuses.

    It is therefore relevant for me to set a number of things publicly straight, as I have nothing to hide.

    In the last 24 hours I have been told (not by anybody on the board or at the club) the following things:

    1. My offer was not considered because I am a football agent.
    2. My offer was not considered because of the regulations around feeder clubs
    3. My offer was not considered because Charlie Clapham believed the club was relegated because of the players, and that those players were brought in by Myself and Liam Watson.
    4. That my offer has been responded to.

    I will clarify each point in turn:

    1. I am a football agent , however, I do not charge a single penny to players or clubs and never have, I set up my agency because having been in and around football for years, I felt there was considerable talent in non league football which was being overlooked for league football due to a lack of opportunity. My plans were to have a small stable of players and nurture them to the level they were capable of, for no fees. For the record , I represent :

    Liam Nolan
    James Montgomery
    Josh Langley
    Josh Hine
    Darius Osei
    Tony Donaldson

    All of those players have moved onto a higher level, league football or full time football under my guidance, I have never received a single penny.

    If it ere considered a conflict, I would relinquish my Intermediary status to another member of the PURE Sports Talent team, however, I have not had a response and therefore unable to put this forward.

    2. My comment regarding 'feeder club' was simply poor wording, I have spoken at length to a Championship Club, who agreed (in principle) if I were majority shareholder , to provide Southport with first refusal on their U23 squad for the purpose of season long loans, nothing else, we will NEVER be a feeder club under my stewardship.

    3. The only player I represented at Southport FC was Liam Nolan , I have never represented another player at the club this season, and having spoken to Liam Watson today, he has confirmed that all player signings throughout the season were decided by the Manager in Charge at the time, it was impossible for me to have any involvement in that process and it was not part of Liam's job remit, this rumour is simply false and untrue.

    4. My offer to date has had no response from Southport Football Club, in writing , verbally or electronically.

    I can further add that on Wednesday evening I met with the board of Trust in Yellow for several hours.

    In that meeting I presented to them in detail, with substantive facts and evidence in support, my 5 Year blueprint for Southport Football Club, I also left them with written copies, and permission to share that blueprint with all members of the trust publicly, which I have no doubt they will in due course.

    It is pertinent to note that I spent many , many hours putting together this blueprint, engaged with many individuals (including players) relevant to that plan, and companies , and put significant thought and effort into it.

    I confirmed , how, why and when , and provided substance to my financial plans and the ability to execute them.

    I will leave the Trust to share that detail at the appropriate time, however , I will confirm the following :

    1. My wish to have a board consisting of Myself as CEO , Nigel Allen as Chairman , Liam Watson as Director of Football , and 2 serving board members from the Trust.

    2. My plan to ensure the club was financially self sufficient within 3 years to guarantee there was no requirement to rely on myself or any other individual financially to sustain it into the future.

    3. To provide a club at one with the town and the supporters, and bring back the fun, teamwork and togetherness required to make this club great again.

    4. To provide a team capable of competing at its current level and above, and a brand of football worth watching week in week out.

    There is no ego here, just a desire to bring a once great club , back to life and be the envy of its neighbours and the rest of the non league.

    Whatever happens after that is stuff of fairytales, but hey , why can't we dream together?

    There will be some who say going public is unprofessional, but I want you all to know that under my stewardship there would be openness and communication, along with togetherness and mutual respect.

    I also want to ensure that the rumours (and they are rumours) mentioned above are put to bed as the inaccurate untruths of negative spin.

    My only concern and goal is to realise the clear potential this club and town has, and I will do it positively and with a smile at all times, along with my team, if I ever get the chance.


    Have a great weekend, I would have been spending it signing players and executing plans, alas , it appears not to be.

    Keep believing , I am going nowhere.

    Keep it real and UP THE PORT

    Phil Hodgkinson

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  3. ECHOEONE says:12/05/2017 10:21 PM
    Simple question; are you looking to take a majority share holding in the club? Or be a sponsor and have your names on the shirts? If the former then you need to agree [ in private ] with the current majority shareholder(s) an agreeable price to buy their stake and so live your dream or shut up. If the latter, you need to negotiate the price to get your company name on SPT shirts.

  4. Mr. Brightside says:12/05/2017 10:27 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by ECHOEONE View Post
    Simple question; are you looking to take a majority share holding in the club? Or be a sponsor and have your names on the shirts? If the former then you need to agree [ in private ] with the current majority shareholder(s) an agreeable price to buy their stake and so live your dream or shut up. If the latter, you need to negotiate the price to get your company name on SPT shirts.
    He wants to be majority shareholder or part of a group forming the majority.
    There seems to be some secrecy over exactly who the current majority shareholders are.

  5. ECHOEONE says:12/05/2017 10:32 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brightside View Post
    He wants to be majority shareholder or part of a group forming the majority.
    There seems to be some secrecy over exactly who the current majority shareholders are.
    Sounds like the price isn't right then!

  6. Mr. Brightside says:12/05/2017 10:37 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by ECHOEONE View Post
    Sounds like the price isn't right then!
    He hasn't even been given the chance to get to the point of discussing his offer.
    He's been completely ignored so that Clapham could come to a cosy arragement with Treadwell and Shandley, hence the hasty dismissal on spurious grounds of Nigel Allan hours before a board meeting where his offer was supposed to be discussed.
    It stinks and the truth will out.

  7. ECHOEONE says:12/05/2017 10:47 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brightside View Post
    He hasn't even been given the chance to get to the point of discussing his offer.
    He's been completely ignored so that Clapham could come to a cosy arragement with Treadwell and Shandley, hence the hasty dismissal on spurious grounds of Nigel Allan hours before a board meeting where his offer was supposed to be discussed.
    It stinks and the truth will out.
    If you are selling your assets; you get to decide who you sell them to and on what terms surely?

  8. Mr. Brightside says:12/05/2017 11:02 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by ECHOEONE View Post
    If you are selling your assets; you get to decide who you sell them to and on what terms surely?
    Of course. But having publicly stated that all offers of investment would be considered why would you ignore an offer and not even acknowledge it? Especially when you're on record as stating you won't sell the club short.

  9. ECHOEONE says:13/05/2017 12:12 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brightside View Post
    Of course. But having publicly stated that all offers of investment would be considered why would you ignore an offer and not even acknowledge it? Especially when you're on record as stating you won't sell the club short.
    On a previous thread Clive764 indicated that this Phil Hodgkinson was seeking to be a sponsor of SPT as he is with Huddersfield town. Now apparently he wants to be CEO of SPT. That is a buy out at company level, which is unlikely to happen via megaphone on this site. If he had offered enough money to meet the value expectations of the current owner(s) then it would already be a done deal. Sounds like it has been considered and quickly rejected would be the lay reading of the situation.

  10. clive764 says:13/05/2017 09:25 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by ECHOEONE View Post
    On a previous thread Clive764 indicated that this Phil Hodgkinson was seeking to be a sponsor of SPT as he is with Huddersfield town. Now apparently he wants to be CEO of SPT. That is a buy out at company level, which is unlikely to happen via megaphone on this site. If he had offered enough money to meet the value expectations of the current owner(s) then it would already be a done deal. Sounds like it has been considered and quickly rejected would be the lay reading of the situation.
    No I didn't. I pointed out his shirt sponsorship deal with Southport for the season before last, so he was known to Clapham and seemed credible. Yes, Clapham can sell to whomever he likes and he obviously didn't want to sell to Phil Hodgkinson, but there are ways of going about these things in a courteous and transparent way. I note that the new owners​ state that Clapham and Shrouder are no longer majority shareholders which infers they are still shareholders, so what holding do they still hold if they do? It seems Clapham is still pulling the strings. Clapham takes no responsibility for the dire downward spiral and ultimate relegation and blames the players; he should take as look in the mirror and rather than look at his ego he should look at who continually advertised, interviewed and chose the countless number of managers and then sacked them without giving them a decent chance or investment. That's where the foundation of failure was laid. The club needs change and unfortunately I think it has only got more of the same, with Clapham in the background. Phil Hodgkinson would have brought about change and shaken everything up with no place for Clapham and the past, I don't think he liked the idea of that.

  11. ECHOEONE says:13/05/2017 10:03 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by clive764 View Post
    No I didn't. I pointed out his shirt sponsorship deal with Southport for the season before last, so he was known to Clapham and seemed credible. Yes, Clapham can sell to whomever he likes and he obviously didn't want to sell to Phil Hodgkinson, but there are ways of going about these things in a courteous and transparent way. I note that the new owners​ state that Clapham and Shrouder are no longer majority shareholders which infers they are still shareholders, so what holding do they still hold if they do? It seems Clapham is still pulling the strings. Clapham takes no responsibility for the dire downward spiral and ultimate relegation and blames the players; he should take as look in the mirror and rather than look at his ego he should look at who continually advertised, interviewed and chose the countless number of managers and then sacked them without giving them a decent chance or investment. That's where the foundation of failure was laid. The club needs change and unfortunately I think it has only got more of the same, with Clapham in the background. Phil Hodgkinson would have brought about change and shaken everything up with no place for Clapham and the past, I don't think he liked the idea of that.
    You can personalise it all you want against this Clapham person, but just like you and I if the owner[s] of SPT don't want to sell because the deal isn't right - then they don't have to. At the end of the day money talks and Hodgkinson's alleged deal does not seem to be cutting the mustard irrespective of the "he said she said" type rhetoric that is forever portrayed here.

  12. theskinners says:13/05/2017 09:53 PM
    Phil hodgkinson in Claphams Muppets out NOW

  13. Mr. Brightside says:14/05/2017 12:17 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by ECHOEONE View Post
    You can personalise it all you want against this Clapham person, but just like you and I if the owner[s] of SPT don't want to sell because the deal isn't right - then they don't have to. At the end of the day money talks and Hodgkinson's alleged deal does not seem to be cutting the mustard irrespective of the "he said she said" type rhetoric that is forever portrayed here.
    So you think it's all down to the price?
    How do you reconcile that with the fact that the majority shareholders gave their shares to the new owners free of charge?

  14. clive764 says:14/05/2017 01:12 PM
    According to the "new owners" "neither Charlie nor Sam now hold a controlling shareholding of the football club"

    Which infers that they are still shareholders. So, what percentage do they still hold as "minority" shareholders, 20%, 40%, 45%, 49%???
    It sounds like Mr Clapham has chosen to sell to a couple of front men, with whom he can still wield power and influence behind the scenes. For transparency the percentage shareholdings​ need to be published and I think it likely the old majority shareholders (Charlie and Sam) together with the "new owners" still have the club under control. They can still direct the club without being on the Board with being able to sanction any decisions and then getting the two stooges to rubber stamp at the Board. The club needs real change, change that only an outsider with no baggage or affiliations would be able to bring. It would be interesting to know the terms of the sale of any shares, but I know that would be confidential and is not going to happen.


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