Ebbsfleet United can today confirm the departure of general manager Dave Archer from the club to take up a new position elsewhere in the game. Dave, whose resignation comes into effect on June 29th, leaves with all the very best wishes and thanks of all at the club.
The former Charlton head of commercial sales joined the Fleet as general manager in 2013 and has helped transform the club’s commercial operation, playing a key role in securing valuable contracts and partners for the football club in that time. Ebbsfleet United has sold out its commercial portfolio in numerous seasons and the switch to the new hospitality facility within the Kuflink Stadium has been an unqualified success, giving the football club a very sound footing from which to operate and generate revenue.
The club will announce moves to fill the gap left by Dave’s exit in due course.
Dave Archer said, “I have enjoyed my four and half years at the Fleet immensely. From day one I have enjoyed a great relationship with the fans who have always given me 100% support. I have been lucky to work with a fantastic owner and board of directors, along with a magnificent team of staff. I shall miss them all. I firmly believe that it will not be long before EUFC take up their rightful position in the English Football League – and when that day arrives, no set of fans will deserve it more. Thank you and goodbye!”
Former Fleet vice chairman Peter Varney told FleetOnline, “I have worked with Dave for some 21 years and so I think I know him reasonably well. He has a tremendous work ethic and has transformed the commercial infrastructure of this football club in the same way he did at Charlton Athletic FC who we joined at the same time in 1997.
“His role as the Fleet’s General Manager meant he was responsible for virtually every aspect of the club’s operations as well as acting as its commercial director so he is going to be very difficult, if not impossible to replace. He has formed a close relationship with the club’s fans and I know they are going to miss him as much as the owner, directors, players and staff will. On the days the players trained at the club it was not unusual to find players hiding under his desk or in his cupboard to pounce on him when he came back to his office which demonstrates the regard they have for him. I know he will make a success of his new role because he gives 100% to whatever he does and the Fleet’s loss will be their gain. It has been a pleasure working with Dave (or Arch as everyone at the club calls him) for such a long period of time and the way our careers have gone we will probably both end up in the same old people’s home like some kind of Statler & Waldorf!”
Fleet boss Daryl McMahon said, “I have enjoyed working with Arch over his four years at the club. Obviously he has done an amazing job commercially for the Fleet but his humour and support will be hugely missed around the ground… and that wicked laugh! I wish him all the best in his new venture and hope to see him around the club again very soon.”