Supporters will be aware that the Board of Directors recently commissioned a review of  the club’s current administration and commercial operations including staffing structures and allocation of  duties. The conclusion of the initial stages of that review saw Director Eddie Drury appointed as the club’s Commercial Director. The review has now been completed and the Board of Directors takes this opportunity to brief supporters on its final conclusions.

The latter stages of the review focussed primarily on the administration tasks associated with the Football Secretary role and also the work involved with the club’s annual applications for Domestic and UEFA licences as well as UEFA Solidarity payments undertaken in the past by the Company Secretary. That position is no longer required under company law. Conscious of the ever increasing workload and demands associated with these tasks plus the requirement to ensure that the club is in a position to best meet the various governance arrangements and challenges associated with operating at the highest level within the local game the Board of Directors has decided to create the new post of Football Administrator. The post will combine the range of duties previously undertaken by the Football Secretary as well as those previously within the remit of the Company Secretary. In addition the post holder will provide assistance to the new Commercial Director and will also investigate and pursue funding opportunities including grant applications for both the parent club and the Academy. Given the significance of the post in ensuring Glenavon continues to progress both on and off the field the Board of Directors considers it appropriate that this should be a part-time salaried position.

After meeting with a number of individuals who had offered their services to the club following the recent resignation of the Football Secretary the Board of Directors has decided to appoint the former Lurgan Mail Sports Editor Gary Ellis to the Football Administrator post.  A familiar face to many around Mourneview Park Gary recently retired from his job with the Mail and he will take up his new position with Glenavon as from 12 September 2016.Gary-Ellis

Everyone connected with Glenavon will want to join with us in offering best wishes to Gary in this significant new role.