Ross County Football Club chairman Roy MacGregor today pledged to help the club bounce straight back from the disappointment of relegation, targeting promotion back to the top tier of Scottish football at the first time of asking. At the same time, MacGregor - who oversaw the incredible rise the club has enjoyed from Highland League to League Cup winners and top six Premiership side - urged players, supporters and local businesses to join the club on the journey as it sets out to do it ‘The Ross County Way’.
“I am as disappointed as anyone that we were relegated after six fantastic years in the top flight,” said MacGregor. “As Chairman, I also have to look at myself and the decisions I made along the way. Now, I think we have to take our medicine, dust ourselves off, look at how we do things as a club - and could we be doing some things better - and rally to try and bounce back to the Premiership at the first time of asking.
“Though relegation brings with it a massive financial penalty, I look at it as an opportunity to get things right and get back to doing things the Ross County way. This means going above and beyond expectations - which is something I think we have always been good at as a club but maybe lost last season - but also making sure from managers through to players and supporters that we are all pulling in the same direction and feel proud to be part of something bigger.
“We have been very lucky in the past to have had some of the best and most loyal fans in the league and I want to take a moment to thank them for their patience this season while the team has struggled. You only have to look at the fact we took 600 supporters to Perth last Saturday to see how passionate they are about their club.
“We have also enjoyed the backing and support of many local businesses as we went on a journey from Highland League to the Premiership. We’ve always looked up,” adds MacGregor. “Now we are in that position again I hope the supporters and businesses - whose support, too, has been invaluable to all we have achieved - will join us as we look to go on another journey that will hopefully see us back where we want to be - in the top tier of Scottish football.
“In Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell I think we have the right guys in charge of the team who will play attractive football but also be results-driven. I know that they will make sure we keep the players currently at the club who are up to the task of joining the club on our journey as well as bringing in the right characters and developing a great crop of youngsters that they have seen rise through the ranks at the Academy.”
As preparations continue for what will be a challenging and exciting season in the Championship, Ross County Football Club will soon release details of our 2018/19 pre-season schedule, make a number of squad announcements and will next week release details of Season Ticket prices for the 2018/19 season.
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