Camelon chairman addresses 'damaging' allegations as players revolt in wake of Gordon Herd's exit as manager
Gary Clark, chairman of East of Scotland league side Camelon Juniors, has spoken out after players issued a vote of no confidence in the club committee following the departure of manager Gordon Herd and a weekend of ‘damaging’ accusations.
Herd, and assistant John Millar left the EOSFL Premier Division club on Thursday followed by several resignations from their backroom team. A number of allegations were made to the background of the management duo’s departure amidst criticism of the governance at Carmuirs Park.
Kitman Cameron Shanks cited “exceptionally serious accusations” as his reason for resigning and a statement on behalf of the current players was made on a social media page dedicated to the club, saying they had lost faith in the current committee.
It described the ‘nonsensical sacking’ of the management duo and said: “The full first team squad have no confidence in this current Camelon committee. We are hugely concerned by the current state of the club we all love dearly.”
Chairman Gary Clark, who was appointed late last month, said a committee member had resigned and confirmed that an investigation into the outgoing management team’s allegations was underway on the club’s official website.
He said: “There have been several rumours and allegations made towards certain members of the committee over the past three weeks. They still are being investigated by the club and the authorities and are very sensitive and could be damaging to the club going forward.
"You, the supporters, deserve answers and I hope you realise at the end of this why I have been unable to provide any until now due to the authorities being involved and an ongoing investigation taking place.
“Since these allegations had been brought to me and other committee members three weeks ago by the management team, they have been taken seriously and investigated.
"The appropriate authorities were called to help with the investigation and this has all been documented by the club. The club has dealt with these allegations over the last three weeks in what we think has been the best way to do things to get the truth for all parties.
"The allegations being made must still give those accused their presumption of innocence.”
He went on: “I can assure you that the reason behind the management team being dismissed isn't what is claimed, as everyone has the right to ask questions, but this must be done in a certain manner, without pressure or prejudice, and must be done in conjunction with any investigation, the club and authorities and protocols.
“We have diligently completed this procedure to the best of our abilities whilst retaining our integrity.”
Gordon Herd, a former Linlithgow Rose player, declined to expand on his exit when approached by our sister title The Falkirk Herald this week.
Camelon are currently sixth in the East of Scotland Premier Division having gained 20 points from 10 matches played under Herd this season, eight points off leaders Tranent.
In January, they were narrowly beaten by Highland League champions Brora Rangers in the Scottish Cup, shortly before the suspension of the lower leagues and the competition. The winners were handed a glamour tie with Hearts, now scheduled to be played at Dudgeon Park on March 23.