Des Jacklin has returned to the hot seat of the BDO, little more than a month after deciding to stand down.
Jacklin was returned to the board during Sunday’s meeting after several representatives encouraged him both to stand and then to accept a position.
Most understood that Des would not be returned to the Chairman’s position although that seems to have been a premature assumption. Jacklin, who resigned on March 17, was thought to be vulnerable to difficulties, related to financial questions, at the forthcoming AGM.
In a reversal of such thought, 24 hours later, he has been confirmed as BDO Chairman once more after receiving a unanimous vote from the new group of board members.
It was noted that Jacklin’s impassioned support for the BICC structure had convinced a majority of representatives to support him, he certainly seems to be presenting a strong front.
“The past four weeks has given me the time to reflect on the events of the past 18 months and re-evaluate my position, thoughts and vision required to take the company forward.
On a personal level Jacklin seems keen to put the past behind him and get on with the task at hand:
“I also feel I’ve had chance to re-charge my batteries, so to speak.”
The new Board of Directors is made up of Jacklin (BDO Chairman), Peter Gilchrist (Vice-Chairman), Stephen Gittus (Financial Director), Bob Foster will act as Commercial Director, and Graham Manning representing players.
Jacklin highlighted many issues that he intends to tackle with fellow board members, these included recovery of funds from a hotel company and the dealing with social media and its impact on the BDO.
“We will be appointing a committee whose purpose is to monitor social media and more importantly where the BDO, its directors, county officials and players fit in.
“We will be taking a very hard stance on what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour and as soon as this is in place, all counties will be expected to adopt our new ruling.
“As soon as this is legally adopted, there will be a consequence to your actions both in the way of fines and exclusion.”
A full explanation of the current position, including the above quotes, was sent to the Counties yesterday in letter form.
Jacklin ended the letter by thanking those that had given him the “kick in the rear” he needed to accept the position and vowed: “together we will win.”
Darts World understands that the meeting on Sunday, and the discussions before and after it, have been very constructive and that a plan was in place that would enable the organisation to move forward legally and positively.
It is unclear how the events of the last 24hrs will affect these plans. It is our sincerest wish that all outstanding matters are concluded, in the best interest of darts and players, speedily in order that any new structure can hit the ground running as soon as life (post covid-19) returns to more normality.