The Mariners Trust is well aware of the groundswell of discontent around the recent run of form and the management of Russell Slade and Paul Wilkinson. This sentiment is shared by the majority of fans and members we have spoken to, and indeed the Trust Board.

The Mariners Trust Rep Jon Wood was at the Board Meeting yesterday. After a discussion with us we formed the view that we should represent the views of the fans and Jon articulated their concerns to the rest of the board in the strongest possible terms.

Despite this, after a long debate and taking into account all factors, the rest of the board reached the outcome as detailed in the club’s statement.

We now move on, respect the decision, and will do everything possible to help turn around the rest of the season.

With another four or five wins required to guarantee safety, we would urge supporters to get behind the players on the pitch and do their bit to ensure we remain in League 2 for next season