Brief Interview with John Scardino

By Notts County Mad
Last updated : 21 July 2003

What attracted you to become a director at Notts?

I'VE ENJOYED COMING TO THE MATCHES WITH MY WIFE AND SON, DECKED OUT IN HIS MAGPIES KIT. THE IDEA OF JOINING THE BOARD ACTUALLY CAME UP SEVERAL MONTHS AGO WHEN ANOTHER DIRECTOR ASKED IF I WOULD BE INTERESTED. WHEN I STARTED LOOKING MORE CLOSELY AT THE OPERATION OF THE CLUB AND THE POTENTIAL BUSINESS GROWTH, IT BECAME EVEN MORE APPEALING. AND THEN BILLY DEARDEN'S MAGIC STARTED TO REALLY TAKE HOLD IN MARCH. I COULDN'T STAY AWAY. I FEEL LUCKY TO BE INVITED TO BE PART OF WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE CLUB NOW. THE ENTHUSIASM IS TREMENDOUS. BILLY IS AN EXCELLENT MANAGER AND THE BUSINESS OPERATION IS TURNING AROUND IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE HAVE LOTS OF WORK TO DO, OF COURSE, BUT ITS AN EXCELLENT TEAM, IN THE BOARD ROOM AND ON THE PITCH.

What does the Director actually do?

THE BOARD REALIZED WE HAD TO CHANGE THE WAY THINGS WERE RUNNING IN ORDER TO SURVIVE. TWO SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE MANAGEMENT TEAM HAVE LEFT, SAVING US A LOT OF MONEY. WE'VE SPREAD THEIR WORK AMONG THE REST OF THE STAFF AND THE BOARD AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING WELL. WE KNOW WE'VE JUST BEGUN AND THERE'S LOTS TO DO. INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD ARE TAKING A MUCH MORE ACTIVE ROLL. PETER JOYCE, WHO HAS A GREAT DEAL OF EXPERIENCE IN MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS, IS TAKING A CLOSE LOOK AT ALL AREAS OF THE BUSINESS FROM AN ADMINISTRATIVE POINT OF VIEW. DOUG WARD HAS JUMPED INTO OUR COMMERCIAL AND MARKETING OPERATION TO REVITALIZE THE STAFF AND PUT US BACK IN TOUCH WITH SUPPORTERS. I'M GOING TO WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH THE FOOTBALL IN THE COMMUNITY PROGRAM AND YOUTH OPERATIONS, AND WITH THE PRESS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS SIDE OF THINGS. BILL BARROWCLIFFE IS GETTING EVEN MORE STUCK INTO THE CONFERENCE AND BANQUETING SIDE, AND AS THE SENIOR BOARD MEMBER WILL BE OUR REPRESENTATIVE TRAVELLING WITH THE TEAM. DAVID RHODES IS READYING ANOTHER SEASON'S WORK ON THE PITCH. IT'S NOW A MORE TRADITIONAL BOARD, BUT ALSO A MORE MODERN ONE. WE'RE ALL GETTING ON WITH THE JOB, HELPING THE STAFF TO BUILD THE CLUB UP AGAIN.

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