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Mepham Seeks A New Challenge

It has been announced long standing communications manager Phil Mepham has left the club to seek a new challenge.

Apparently this was known, but this is what happens when you have your head buried in the sand....or is that just me?

It's surprising to the think the former Central Sports presenter has been with us since 2000.

Been a fair few upheavals in his time, from managers, well lots of managerial changes and then the all important arrival of Randy Lerner.

Having been in the job for 8 years Mepham has revealed he is seeking a new challenge and a change of direction, although he expects to remain within the sporting industry in one form or another.

Since his departure at the beginning of the month Claire Huggins has taken over journalistic liason - isn't she lucky! However she states, that although she has taken on extra duties she has not replaced Phil.

"I haven`t taken Phil`s job but will be carrying out parts of the role which he did as a restructuring of the department."

Speaking to the Mail, Mepham said once he made the decision to move on he sat down with club officials and the whole matter was very amicable, adding he wishes Villa all the best for the future and believes we have the foundations now to go from strength to strength.

"I felt at 48 it was time for me make a change so I sat down with the club and we and came to a decision.

"It was very amicable and completely of my own volition and everyone remains friends.

"It`s an exciting time for me and I wish Villa all the best and I am sure they will continue to go from strength to strength.

"At this moment in time it`s too early to say what I will do but with my background in sport it`s likely that I will remain within the field.

"I`ve had a couple of conversations about projects but at the minute I am looking forward to spending time with my family."

Be interesting to see what direction he now takes, will also be interesting to see if the club appoint somebody from within the existing staff base or bring in somebody from the outside.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 22 2008

Time: 4:49PM

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I really hope they get a top person in from outside, the PR does need looking at and as the people in charge will know better than most, communication is a crucial tool and especially when trying to keep the press on side.
The Fear
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22/09/2008 16:52:00

Glad he has gone,another link to the Ellis years has been broken. I suspect he jumped before he was pushed, surprised he lasted so long as he did after Doug sold up.
50 years a villan
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22/09/2008 17:04:00

Are we in a position to judge how good/ bad he was and whether this is welcome or not? 50 years a villan sounds a bit vindictive to me.
Gordonsleftboot
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22/09/2008 17:54:00

Good, the bloke is a t0sser
wislor
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22/09/2008 18:40:00

This Claire woman used to be at Arsenal, so were in good hands.
villabikes29
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22/09/2008 19:08:00

just googled him as I never knew he was a central presenter, recognise his face. I know nothing about him, seems suprising to seek a new challenge after 8 years of Ellis - this would be a dream job surely with no controversy. I'm anti Ellis and his cronies, and if he's one of them then good riddance.
danvilla2
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22/09/2008 20:30:00

Not vindictive Gordonsleftboot just speaking from inside knowledge of the man.
50 years a villan
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22/09/2008 21:16:00

Leaving for a new challenge - is that a euphamism
Red Wimp
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22/09/2008 22:41:00

he was as much use to us as a chocolate firegaurd. Good riddance
meyouldy
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23/09/2008 12:56:00

He was apparantly very well respected, but in my personal opinion, he was never to the fore enough. Was that his own choosing, or the clubs, guess we'll never know.
glensider
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25/09/2008 07:12:00

Interesting observations there 50 years a villan. Certainly not the first person I've known make similar comments.
glensider
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25/09/2008 07:14:00

 

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