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Morecambe draw with League Two leaders less than 24 hours after boardroom re-shuffle

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Morecambe held League Two leaders Gillingham to a 1-1 draw at the Globe Arena on Saturday, less than 24 hours after announcing a major re-shuffle in the boardroom.

Jack Redshaw put the Shrimps ahead just before half-time, flicking the ball past Stuart Nelson.

Bradley Dack equalised shortly after the break, capitalising after Morecambe failed to clear their lines.

Gillingham could have taken all three points but a long-range piledriver from Matt Fish went narrowly over and Dack headed just wide.

The fans were more interested in the off field news though as long standing Chief Executive, Rod Taylor has relinquished the title. Taylor will continue as a Director of the club.

Peter McGuigan, Chairman, said: "Whilst Rod has relinquished the title of Chief Executive I am pleased that he is still involved with the club. His contribution to the club has been immense and the board are delighted that he will continue as a Director of the club.

Rod commented: "Joining the board of Directors at Morecambe FC in February 1994 seems almost a lifetime ago. During those 19 years as a director I served three years as Chairman and the past 13 years as Chief Executive.

"The club is a labour of love to me and I have fulfilled these roles to the best of my ability in an unpaid capacity. The complexion of the football club has changed over the past four years with executive directors being employed and I have felt that the title of CEO has been a misnomer for quite some time now.

"The title of CEO is appropriate for someone who is shaping the way the company operates on a day to day basis and under the changed regime I have not been able to perform that function for a number of years. It is for this reason that I feel it right and appropriate to relinquish this title. My wife and I have experienced extending family and expanding business commitments over the past three years and the time has come for me to refocus on these areas.

"My grandad introduced me to Christie Park in the late 1950s and it's been a pleasure and privilege to serve, in this capacity, the club that is dear to my heart. I sincerely hope that I will continue to serve Morecambe FC for many years to come.''

Graham Hodgson has resigned as a Director of the club.

Graham said: "After spending 22 years of my life as a Director of Morecambe Football Club, leaving is clearly a hard thing to get used to.

"My involvement with player negotiations has enabled me to spend time with all the various managers who have held the reigns at the club over the last two decades and I wish Jim and the often forgotten Ken McKenna the very best of luck in the future - they deserve it.

"Unfortunately, at the present time, I am not entirely comfortable with how the company is being managed and for this reason I have tendered my resignation.

"That said I will continue to support Morecambe Football Club as a sponsor and I hope it will continue  the steady progression that has been steady progression that has been its hallmark over the last 20 years.'' 



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