Power play! - Arnett players start process for new executive
Arnett Gardens FC senior players have started the process of putting in Member of Parliament (MP) for South St Andrew Mark Golding as chairman.
Golding, who replaced former MP for the constituency Dr Omar Davies last September, was also expected to take up reins as chairman after Davies retired last July.
However, club president Patrick Roberts resisted, and said he would leave the post at the end of the current Red Stripe Premier League season in May.
But, over a week ago, a petition signed by 25 Arnett senior players to call for Robert's removal was submitted to the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) and pointed to unpaid salaries while noting a lack of confidence in Roberts' ability to effectively lead the club. The petition called for Golding to take control.
In the petition, the players said, they have not received salaries for two and a half months and pointed out that Roberts cannot fix the problem.
"What has happened is that the players have initiated a process under the club's constitution, to appoint a new executive of the club. The senior players are members of the club under the constitution and they have initiated that process," Golding told The Gleaner yesterday.
"I have stepped up to the plate and provided support to the club at this time. I don't want to say anything about taking over as chairman because the process is in train that they have initiated as members of the club," he added.
"All I am saying as member of parliament is that I have stepped up to the plate at this time to assist the club. [This] includes providing financial support for the club." Golding shared.
SALARIES TO BE SETTLED
With regard to the unpaid salaries, Golding said that he has given the players a timeline for that to be settled.
"I have explained to the players, how that will be handled, but that I don't want to go into it. They are aware of what the timeline is. They have responded well to the proposal that I have put to them," he concluded.
However, when contacted, Roberts was adamant that he is still in charge of the club and will remain there until the end of the season.
"Nothing has happened. I am still the president. I am still the president of Arnett Gardens. I am not saying any more at this point. My position remains the same. I will step away at the end of the current season," Roberts, who has been president of Arnett Gardens for 18 years, insisted.