Chief executive Pam Duxbury agrees to speak to fans at tomorrow night’s Hartlepool United Supporters Trust meeting

A Pools fan makes his feeling known at last month's dismal home defeat to Barnet. Picture by Frank Reid.
A Pools fan makes his feeling known at last month's dismal home defeat to Barnet. Picture by Frank Reid.

Pam Duxbury has agreed to attend a Hartlepool United Supporters Trust meeting tomorrow night – giving Poolies the chance to discuss plans for fan investment with the new chief executive face-to-face.

After Gary Coxall stepped down as chairman in the days before the club’s relegation to the National League Premier Division, Duxbury was handed the reins.

The resignation ended the calamitous 19-month spell at the helm for the JPNG man, who is understood to want around £600,000 for his shares of the club.

And, following the club’s relegation, Duxbury has changed tack from her predecessor Coxall, who primarily used social media to keep in contact with fans .

As a result, she has agreed to be in attendance at the HUST annual open members meeting tomorrow night.

The event, which will not only give Poolies the chance to meet Duxbury, but also listen to presentations on the prospect of supporters potentially owning a stake in the club, will take place at the Corporation Welfare Club in Whitby Street, doors opening at 7.30pm.

Phil Dunn, spokeman for the Trust, urged fans not to miss the chance to meet the woman who holds the immediate key to Pools’ future, both on and off the pitch.

“As a Trust, we have had more meaningful dialogue with Pam than we did in the whole of Coxall’s time,” said Dunn.

“Since she has come in. she really seems to have taken on the idea of fans owning a stake of the club, which is a model which has worked and been successful elsewhere.

“The presentations at the meeting will detail how the Trust is progressing with our talks at HUFC, and how it works at other clubs.

“Pam has agreed to attend and it will give Pools fans a chance to meet her too.

“It promises to be an informative and interesting night, and I would urge all Pools fans that can attend, to be there.”

You have to be a member to attend. but fans can sign up on the night and be allowed through the doors.

Membership is £20.

The Trust now has some 650 members, up some 400 in the weeks after Pools’ relegation from League Two was confirmed.

Pools fan and Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling was recently named the honorary trust president, after stepping down from his role as club president. A statement, prepared by Stelling, will also be read out to members on the evening.

“The meeting is a great chance for HUST members to get together and see just how much has been happening behind the scenes,” Dunn continued.

“We have more than tripled our membership in just a few short weeks and now have over 650 Trust members. This meeting will be an update on Trust activities, and an insight into the discussions and dialogue we have now opened with HUFC.”

Yesterday evening, the Trust released a statement confirming Duxbury’s attendance, as well as a number of other details relating to Coxall and the club’s recent activity.

It read: “The Trust, which was formed in 2015, is backed by Supporters Direct and has an elected board which meets monthly but until recently had very little meaningful contact with the club.

“Since the resignation of chairman Gary Coxall last month, that situation has now changed.

“Following Pools’ relegation to the National League, and with the club’s financial situation being revealed by CEO Pam Duxbury last week at £1.2million in debt, many fans are concerned about the future.

“Mrs Duxbury has already stated that her ideal model for Pools would be a joint venture between fans and investors, a route which has already worked at many other lower-league clubs.”