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Dave Melin explains decision to stand down at Thatcham Town chairman after two years in the role

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Dave Melin has revealed that it was the ‘right time’ to step down as chairman of Thatcham Town.

Melin, who is the owner and founder of Amtech Business Solutions, took over from Eric Bailey in June 2019 and has enjoyed the role and responsibilities.

However, due to ongoing work commitments, he has had to make the tough decision to step down as a result of not being able to put in all of his time at the club.

Dave Melin
Dave Melin

“My work has been getting busier and we’re looking to expand at work and at the moment I wouldn’t be able to dedicate the time I need to at the football club.

“It felt it was the right time to step down and it gives them enough time to carry on and look forward to the new season.

“I have loved my time there and it’s been an honour to do the role while trying to drive the club forward.”

Melin replaced Baily, who was chairman for 13 years, and he has overseen the situations the club has faced during the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite not being able to complete the last couple of seasons, Melin has enjoyed a lot of his time in charge.

“There has been some great times there and we almost won Step 4 before coronavirus stopped the league and we also had some great FA Cup ties.

“There are some great people working behind the scenes and those working on the football side of things too and the supporters have backed us all the way.

“It was a tough decision, but I knew I wasn’t able to guarantee all of my time to the club.”

The former chairman has still said he will attend games as and when he can as Thatcham prepare for the new season.

“Hopefully the season stars on time, the boys get a full season and the fans can come and watch the team because we have all missed it, but I’ll still be at games whenever I can.”

Thatcham began their pre-season preparation with a convincing 6-0 win away to Burnham on Tuesday.

Their next friendly is at home to Hendon on July 24, before games against Hartley Wintney, Beaconsfield and North Leigh.

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