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Gillingham remove Michael Anderson as director at extraordinary general meeting

Gillingham have removed Michael Anderson from their board of directors.

A short statement from the club issued on Thursday confirmed Mr Anderson's exit after an extraordinary general meeting.

The Gills had previously asked Mr Anderson to step down as a director but he never offered to resign.

Gills chairman Paul Scally, left, with Michael Anderson. Picture: Andy Payton
Gills chairman Paul Scally, left, with Michael Anderson. Picture: Andy Payton

The statement read: "At a specially convened EGM of shareholders held last night at Priestfield Stadium, the resolution to remove Mr Michael Anderson as a Director of Gillingham Football Club under section 168(1) of the Companies Act 2006 was unanimously passed.

"Mr Anderson ceases to be a Director of Gillingham Football Club Ltd with immediate effect."

Mr Anderson stood down as vice chairman after being charged of defrauding the US military health care system of nearly six million dollars.

The Gills wish to pursue apprentice opportunities at the club and also switch bank accounts and neither can be done while Mr Anderson remains a company director.

Gills chairman Paul Scally recently stated that the club were “nibbling away” at money loaned to the club by Mr Anderson.

The Gills previously stated that they wish to ”make a Register of Apprenticeship Training Provider (ROATP) application to the Department for Further Education to become a main service provider for education, allowing the educational side of the business to receive direct funding from government for apprenticeships, traineeships and other initiatives.

One of the questions on the applications asks if any directors are under investigation relating to suspicion of fraud.

Happier times as Michael Anderson celebrates Gills winning the League 2 title in 2012/13 with Andy Frampton and Adam Barrett. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Happier times as Michael Anderson celebrates Gills winning the League 2 title in 2012/13 with Andy Frampton and Adam Barrett. Picture: Barry Goodwin

The club are also seeking to move their banking from Barclays Bank plc to Metro Bank, but they won’t allow that to happen while Mr Anderson is connected with the company.

Mr Anderson has previously been contacted by The Messenger for comment and said he was “unable to comment on the ongoing investigation,” adding: “As soon as I am vindicated, I will be pleased to give you a statement.”

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