It is with great reluctance that I announce I will be taking a back seat following this afternoon’s fixture against Inverness Caledonian Thistle due to health issues, but I am, at the same time, delighted to take on the role of honorary club president and now watch only from a distance.
The role of chairman, I pass to my son Crawford, who will have the task of juggling the football’s club finances alongside the demands of our confectionery business.
We have a fantastic board of directors who collectively run numerous successful businesses and bring great talent and resources to the table. I leave knowing the club is in good hands, but we need you, our supporters, to know that we have great ambition for the future.
I have to admit that I have allowed my heart to rule my footballing decisions over the last two decades and, while not always getting it right during my tenure, I have always acted in what I believed to be the best interests of Greenock Morton Football Club at all times.
I have been honoured to have been the club’s main custodian over the last 17 years and I would like to take this opportunity to salute all our wonderful fans for their resolve, backing, and unstinting support during my tenure.
My regret and disappointment has been that I have not been able to deliver top-flight football for the people of Inverclyde and for that failure I truly apologise.
As a final request, I would ask you for your continued support and with us working together then I believe that we can achieve our collective ambition of reaching the Premiership. This would make me incredibly proud and an experience I would truly love to share with all of you during my lifetime.
Crawford will prepare a statement of intent for his tenure within the next week and communicate this via our official club website.
Douglas Rae OBE