Following last week's fans' meeting, Steve Clarke has met with Richard Murray and Katrien Meire to discuss how the strategic objectives outlined that evening can be taken forward.
The Club is keen to emphasise the progress being made behind these objectives and the Supporters' Trust recognises that and supports the concepts. However the current frustration of fans emphasises that this is just the beginning and there is a need for more demonstrable action.
After some discussion between Richard, Katrien and Steve, the following ideas were outlined:
- Target 20,000 - The group will look to draw on the extensive experience of those who have worked with the Club on a similar basis in the past together with seeking contributions from across our entire fan base in order to give the initiative the widest possible focus.
- A group to look at strategic development, involving senior Club staff and fans - with the potential to bring in support from the wider Charlton community aiming to capture additional business acumen, specialist skills and fresh ideas.
- Fans' Forum - examine the role the group should play in a revamped structure and how it can contribute to projects such as Target 20,000. Also to consider how the overall supporters experience can be improved, alongside addressing day to day issues as and when they occur.
The Trust welcomes these developments and believes this signals valuable progress. But, we must not hide from the views of our members and many other supporters. The mood is that fans want change.
We think the above plan is a start. It now needs action and we are committed to engage in this process, making sure we communicate regularly along the way.