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Wray explains quit remarks
JEREMY Wray has reiterated that he would be willing to relinquish the chairmanship of Swindon Town if he felt it was in the best interests of the club in the wake of the Luke McCormick row.
Town’s interim chairman has spent three days facing the country’s media after it was revealed that McCormick will join up with the Robins upon his release from prison, where he is serving a sentence after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol in 2008.
Wray stated yesterday that he could step away from his current role, if it appears evident that his stance on rehabilitating and reintegrating McCormick is not shared by the majority of those associated with the club.
When asked if he would consider resigning his position, he said: “If the weight of opinion is such that the argument for compassion and giving someone a second chance was not taken, and if it was deemed that it was in the club’s best interests not to allow Luke to train as part of his rehabilitation.
“If the majority of people feel that is the wrong step, and some seem to be saying that with things like they don’t want to come, and it gets to the point when I’m asked not to give him this chance when we’ve made it clear that he is not signing a contract - it’s a step by step process, that is the reality of it, nothing more, nothing less.
“(If that is the case) From a personal point of view it is no longer the club that I respect and value and on a personal level I would be willing to step down.
“I’m not throwing my toys out of the pram, I’m not saying ‘support me or I will step down’. All I’m saying is that if that is the view of the majority, it is in the best interests of everyone.
“Someone asked me recently what the highlight of the season was for me and, of all the many fantastic moments and all the great wins, the most memorable moment for me was before the Bradford game when we were asked to show respect for the Bradford fans who died in the fire.
“Twelve hundred Swindon fans stood with scarves aloft, almost not moving, and I felt a real pride. The fans were fantastic and that’s what you want to be part of.
“There will always be fans who have extreme views and I leave those extremes to one side. I’m interested in the majority and if they are of the opinion that we do not show compassion in any circumstance to someone who has committed a crime and is looking to integrate back into society, and we do not give the chance of rehabilitation under any circumstances, and that majority is representing the well-being of the club, that would be disappointing.”
Meanwhile, PFA deputy chief executive John Bramhall confirmed that he has met with McCormick to discuss his release.
Bramhall, who said the goalkeeper was full of remorse for the deaths of Arron and Ben Peak in the accident which led to his conviction, told the Advertiser: “We met with Luke and have gone through a discussion with him with regards to the situation and moving forward, and how we could help him.
“It was about looking at what we can do. It was a very difficult meeting.
“It’s a terrible situation that’s occurred, and from my meeting with him you could see he was fully aware of his actions and their consequences.”
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