Interview with Club Owner Drew Volpe

10:00am, Mon 24th Jun 2024
Drew, it’s been a big week for the club with John announcing his departure from the club.

John has been at the helm for four years and I’m grateful for his stewardship and all his hard work at the club. Nothing lasts forever of course and he has decided to return home for personal reasons and I support him in that decision. Myself and everyone at the club wishes him the best in his next chapter.

With John now leaving, can we expect any other changes at the club?

It will be business as usual at Woking. There will not be any noticeable changes which is what I want Woking supporters to know. I’ve been open about my intention to bring in new investors, who will buy into the club. My goal is to have a seamless transition to a new investment group, and this means making careful decisions.

Does this mean you will be looking to move on from the club yourself?

I’ve said this a million times, I’m going to be in this club until the day that I die. My stake will dilute down but I won’t be leaving the club.

Do you have any timeframe for bringing in investment?

It is impossible to give an accurate time frame. We want to find the right people to help this club grow, and not just the first people. And that is one of the reasons for bringing in Emanuele Palladino as CEO with his football industry connections. Change is always challenging and takes hard work, but it is also rewarding and meaningful and I feel really positive for the future of the club.

What more can you tell supporters about the CEO appointment?

I met Emanuele Palladino through one of our main sponsors Boz, he impressed me from day one and he continues to impress me now. We spent time at Celtic Manor for the recent National League meetings and he has a depth of experience in football which will help the club grow. I couldn’t be more excited for him to get going and John’s stewarding will help him get started.

On to the football side, in terms of additional ins and outs this summer, what can the fans expect?

We’ve just signed Max Dyche, we’ve made some amazing signings that are ready to go and everyone’s ready to kick on. I can’t wait for the season to start.

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