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Heaney explains semi-pro decision

Kevin Heaney
Heaney thinks Truro need a new stadium to go full-time

Truro City chairman Kevin Heaney has said the club does not have the infrastructure to go professional.

City boss Dave Leonard resigned last week after it was announced that the club would stay part-time.

In an open letter to fans, Heaney said he had little option but to pull the plug on plans to pay full-time wages.

Heaney explained: "We simply do not have the infrastructure within or without the club to support such a move at this point in time."

"Whilst making this decision so late in the day was hard, I am confident it was the right one. It would be awful to consider the impact on club, players and fans if we found we had run before we could walk."

Heaney believes the only time the club will turn professional is when they have a new stadium in place.

I am putting in the utmost effort to keep as many [existing players] as I can at Truro City

Kevin Heaney, Truro City chairman

Concern has been raised that the decision not to go professional will lead to players walking away from the Western League champions as they move into the Southern League next season.

But Heaney is confident all the players the club needs will stay.

"I am well aware that there isn't an endless pool of local footballers who have the capabilities of our existing squad and that is why I am putting in the utmost effort to keep as many as I can at Truro City."

And, while director of football Chris Webb has been put in charge of the side for the remaining games this season, Heaney said Leonard's number two Glyn Hooper has been offered a role within the club for next season.

"I am awaiting Glyn's decision, hoping and expecting he will still be with us come next August."

see also
Leonard 'no regrets' on quitting
21 Apr 08 |  Non League
Managerless Truro keep on winning
21 Apr 08 |  Football
Truro City boss Leonard resigns
18 Apr 08 |  Non League
Cornish footballers stay semi-pro
16 Apr 08 |  Cornwall

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