DEPARTING chairman Daniel Parvin insists Pershore Town will not go under despite four out of six committee members signalling their intent to quit.

Parvin announced his resignation today with vice-chairman Tim Phillips, groundsman Chris Dale and Angela Hampton serving notice periods.

An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) has been called for Sunday (7pm) at the club’s King George V Playing Fields headquarters in the hope of finding fresh blood to take the West Midlands (Regional) League outfit forward.

Parvin stands down on Sunday with the other three following suit “by the end of the month”, leaving FA Charter Standard officer Glenn Deary and treasurer Roger Chapman as the last men standing.

But Parvin was adamant there had been no collective exodus and that the decisions had been in the offing long before the first-team’s 11-0 mauling at Wellington on Saturday.

“We all have our own reasons which all stem around personal or family commitments,” said Parvin.

“It has got to the point where we have said enough is enough, there is too much taking up our time and drawing attention away from what we should be doing.

“There has not been a falling out. We all remain good friends and plan to go for a meal together to have a proper catch up in a slightly more relaxed atmosphere.

“It is more the case that one person pulled the pin which made more of us think this would be the right time for a change.

“We could not run the club with three of us left, we knew we would have to call upon a new committee anyway so it was the perfect opportunity for me to step aside.

“We thought it would be daft for one to go now, then another in a month, maybe another in another month. We did not want to drag this out so thought ‘let’s do this with the least amount of disruption possible’.

“My situation has changed and I have to focus on my family, a decision that has been a few months in the making. The summer period was a difficult time.

“It is only fair to the club and the people who hopefully step forward on Sunday to be able to push it on. If a new committee is formed and they need assistance to start with we will help.”

Parvin said Town have four trustees who oversee the members-owned club, none of whom currently serve on the committee responsible for its day-to-day running.

Asked whether a new committee is waiting in the wings, Parvin replied: “Not that I am aware of. I am hoping people will step forward, we will see what happens.

“I want Pershore Town to continue and won’t let anything prevent that.

“If no one comes forward I will discuss what happens next with the trustees. Whether they would step in as a short-term solution, I don’t know. I have been in contact with them and we will do what is right for the club.

“The club will carry on. It is not going to fold or pull out of leagues, I won’t allow it to get to that drastic stage but I cannot continue in the capacity I have been.”

Parvin also vowed to continue to support manager Paul Harris, appointed in the summer on the back of Pershore’s playing budget being axed.

“We brought Paul in only a few months ago and the last thing we want is to drop him in it,” said Parvin.

“My decision and those of the other committee members are nothing to do with the team, performances or Saturday’s result. That wasn’t great but it will form a part of their learning curve.

“This is an off-the-field decision which has come about mostly because of non-footballing reasons.

“We felt it was not quite working. There have been stumbling blocks preventing us from doing the things we wanted to, our focus has been drawn to other aspects and it has just got tough.

“We are unable to give the club the time it requires. A lot needs to be done and with our own personal lives it has become trickier to manage that.

“I don’t plan to disappear, though. You never know what’s around the corner and I hope to still be around when I am able to be.

“It would be nice to go down and just enjoy some football.”

Saturday’s larruping did evoke an angry response from Harris, though, with the boss immediately setting up a home friendly with Worcester Athletic on Thursday (7.30).

“I apologise on behalf of the coaching team and squad for the shocking performance,” he said.

“As a squad it wasn't good enough. The way I see it, the only way we can go is up now.”

Harris hopes to enlist the help of three former Town players to bolster his squad ahead of Tuesday’s home league clash with Shifnal Town (7.45).