Hartlepool United Supporters’ Trust call on accountant to help look into fan involvement plan

Victoria Park, the home of Hartlepool United Football Club.
Victoria Park, the home of Hartlepool United Football Club.

Hartlepool United Supporters’ Trust is set to use the expertise of a chartered accountant to look into the possibility of fans being more involved with the club.

Saturday saw Pools relegated out of the Football League for the first time in their history, with supporters now desperately hoping for an immediate return.

Pools won their game at home to Doncaster Rovers 2-1, but Newport County’s win over Notts County condemned them to the drop.

Former chairman Gary Coxall, who stood down last week following manager Dave Jones’ departure, had said that he passed on a mandate to new club chief executive Pam Duxbury to look into a “fan ownership model” for the club.

Now in a statement, the supporters’ trust has said: “The board of Hartlepool United Supporters’ Trust (HUST) confirm that they have instructed Nick Igoe, a chartered accountant with a wealth of experience of working with professional football clubs and a consultant to SD Club Development, to undertake a financial feasibility study of Hartlepool United Football Club to explore all avenues for supporter involvement within the club.

“Any financial and operational information disclosed by the club will be bound by a confidentiality agreement, which the HUST Board will also observe.

“The trust hopes to have more information available at the Members Open Meeting to be held on May 25 at 8pm.

“A town centre location will confirmed once video conferencing capabilities have been tested, thereby allowing exiled members to participate.”