FOLLOWING his club’s relegation, Waterford FC owner Richard Forrest has reassured fans he is here to stay, and that plans are in place for life in the First Division next season.
After a tough spell for the club, Forrest took a period of reflection before committing for the 2022 season, where he has confirmed that the club are “actively” seeking a new manager and will remain a “full-time” outfit.
Speaking for the first time since the relegation blow, Forrest said:
“As a football club we were bitterly disappointed to be relegated to the First Division, but it’s something that we don’t want to dwell on.
“As owner of the club, I have always wanted the best for Waterford, and I’m now firmly focused on leading Waterford FC back to the Premier Division.
“We know it’s going to be tough going, but we’re hoping that with the support of the local community, we can hit the ground running,” he said.
“The club is currently actively looking to recruit a new first-team manager — a manager that will best suit the club. There was such a good vibe around Waterford when I took over last year, and I’m hoping that we can build on that for the coming year.
“I think it’s important that we remain as a full-time club, and with that in mind, I’m delighted to confirm that we will be staying as a full-time outfit in the First Division.
“We received such great support at the RSC last season, and I would like to thank everyone that supported us.
“The club currently have a base of players signed for next season, and there will be further additions based on the style of football that we will play once we have a manager appointed. When we have all that in place, I look forward to holding an open session with people as we look to build this club going forward.
“We’re hoping to have some exciting local talent in the squad next season, and I’m excited with the plans that we have in place for the 2022 season.
“With the festive season fast approaching, work is currently been done on season tickets, and we’ll be unveiling a new jersey.
“The club will make further announcements on these in the near future, but they will be ready for Christmas.
“I’d like to thank the people of Waterford for their support since I arrived here, and I’ve received some personal messages in the last few days that have been amazing. It has giving me a lift as I try to lead this club forward into a new chapter.”