PRESTATYN Town chairman Jamie Welsh remains confident things can turn around at the club if its fanbase gives the new regime a chance.

It has been a turbulent few weeks at the UK Leisure Living Stadium following the departure of Neil Gibson, a number of Academy coaches and senior playing staff, which has led to a supper group demanding answers to 20 questions regarding the direction of the set-up ahead of an online meeting later this week.

The chairman stated he won’t be entering discussions with “nameless social media accounts” regarding this, but is keen to begin some sort of dialogue to repair what has fast become a fractured relationship.

Welsh, said: “If fans want to go the way of forming a new club then so be it, but I’m not engaging in dialogue with fake social media accounts. The club’s been asked to respond to questions but there is no name attached to the supporters’ group and there hasn’t been an invite extended for me to join their meeting this week.

“I offered them a chance for an open meeting at the ground which one fan turned up for. We had a positive meeting with the person and some volunteers, and I feel like we’re not getting a chance to show what we can do to turn things around.

“We’ve lost the manager and players but our aim for promotion remains the same. We’ll also have everything ready behind the scenes in terms of sorting the licence needed.”

The club also confirmed that stalwart Tom Butterworth has taken over as Prestatyn’s licencing officer this season and they are in the process of appointing a new secretary.

Much has also been made about the Seasiders’ Academy system and its future under a different regime, but Welsh once again highlighted his desire for the youth structure to remain in place.

“Most of our age groups got their winter training programmes back up and running before the lockdown,” he added.

“We are in dialogue to appoint a new head of coaching. All but one age group now has a qualified coach and we will be making another appointment soon.

“Ryan (Turner) and the coaching staff were planning to take the U19s last week and only five turned up, which is something we’re looking into.”

Welsh also addressed the history of both manager John Lawless and assistant Dave Mannix, He said: “In John’s case he was found not guilty by the FA 15 years ago now and had nothing to answer in the end.

“We’ve spoken to Dave about it and although it was a long time ago, it was more of a team thing than individual action and we’re confident that there won’t be anything similar here.

“People have formed their own opinions without giving them a chance.”