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George Dobell at Grace Road
August 26, 2010
There was little progress on or off the field at Grace Road as rain washed out the third day of the County Championship match between Leicestershire and Surrey.
Leicestershire's acting chief executive, Mike Siddall, denied that a full board meeting would take place during the day, stating that "as there's no cricket, the board members have not come to the ground." However, it is understood that all members of the board, except the under-fire chairman, Neil Davidson, are to meet informally.
That distinction is important. As an informal meeting, there will be no need for minutes. It is understood that the board is split on the issue and at least one member has threatened to resign if Davidson remains in position.
A compromise solution has been rejected. It was suggested that Davidson could step down as chairman but retain a place on the board, but Leicestershire's players have dismissed that option. There's little doubt where Siddall's sympathies lie, however. "Neil Davidson has done masses for this club," Siddall said. "But sometimes, in circumstances like this, people don't see both sides.
"It simply isn't true that all employees are against Neil. A number of people I've spoken to don't want to be associated with what's going on. Some of the young players have just been whipped into a state of mass hysteria."
Siddall also explained why the board rejected a members' petition calling for a Special General Meeting. "These things have to be right," he said. "The original petition was on a number of pages and several of those pages didn't have any heading on them. It became clear after a members' forum that a number of people had signed the petition but weren't fully aware of what they were signing. A number of members have withdrawn their signature.
"But we do remember that we are a members' club and, if we receive another request for an EGM that is properly presented, we'll welcome it."
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