‘Resolute’ Rangers united

RANGERS are ‘resolute’ to remain at the heart of Guernsey football after Manzur pulled the plug on a proposed merger of the two clubs.

Rangers vs Red Lions. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29639061)
Rangers vs Red Lions. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29639061)

The island’s oldest club yesterday issued a statement on the developments which took such a dramatic twist last week when, two days after their first-team coach Mark Romeril said it ‘should be all systems go with Rangers from next season’, Manzur opted not to pursue the opportunity to join forces.

It is understood unrest among a section at the St Andrew’s-based club led to that decision.

‘While the proposed merger between Rangers FAC and Manzur FC presented a great opportunity for both clubs, sadly it wasn’t to be,’ said the Rangers statement.

‘The sequence of events leading up to the announcement was unfortunate and regrettable in that it caused a great deal of consternation at both clubs, ultimately resulting in the termination of ongoing discussions.

‘We thank team Manzur for all their input and, of course, wish them all the best for the future.’

The red-and-blacks added that their ‘whole club is united’ in looking forward and building for the future.

‘Rangers are 127-years-old and proudly provide football for all – from reception children to veterans, from social football to Priaulx Football.

‘The club have approximately 250 signed-up players and over 100 minis, with teams in all divisions, tournaments and age groups.

‘In the future, we will continue to focus, develop and improve on our ability to provide players with a pathway. From minis, into youth and ultimately into Priaulx, we aim to support and develop players of all abilities while ensuring that they also have fun and feel part of the club.’

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