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Botev’s president Georgi Samuilov gave an interview about the club’s condition and future management plans. He stated that he intends to resign from the chairmanship of the Board of Directors of PFC Botev Plovdiv after the end of the season. However, he assured that he will remain a member of the Board of Directors and Botev continues to be his cause. According to him, the club is in good condition and it is time for a new stage of management. Here is the whole interview: – Mr. Samuilov, what is the balance for you and for PFC “Botev Plovdiv” during this difficult season during a pandemic? –I can confidently say that we have created the necessary conditions under which PFC “Botev Plovdiv” to function smoothly, and the team to focus entirely on its performance on the field. With joint efforts we managed to reach a satisfactory solution to the most painful problem – the unfinished construction of the club stadium. This happened thanks to the Prime Minister Mr. Boyko Borisov and the Mayor of Plovdiv Mr. Zdravko Dimitrov. Some claimed that the management did not have the will to cope, but now we will have the opportunity to support our favorite team in his home “College”. We rely mainly on young Bulgarian football hopes and especially on our children’s and youth school. Botev Plovdiv signed professional contracts with six teenagers of the club. These are Dimitar Balinov, Gabriel Zemyarski, Emil Kolev, Dimitar Proychev, Blagovest Danchev and Atanas Chernev. Few native clubs can boast of such a thing. And not only this! This year PFC “Botev” has realized the most successful DYUSh for 10 years. For the first time, the “Canaries” are in the top three in the final standings in all three elite youth groups. This season many teenagers got into the training and match process of the representative men’s team of “Botev”. The talents from the school Stanislav Rabotov, Stanislav Shopov and Dimitar Tonev established themselves and recorded participation in a number of matches in the First League and the Cup of Bulgaria. We also attracted midfielder Slavcho Shokolarov for one year with an option to extend by another. That’s why I think that the fans shouldn’t interfere in DYUS, because things are going well there. – PFC “Botev Plovdiv” did not make a strong return to the championship. You suffered a loss from “Arda” Kardzhali, you defeated “Danube” Ruse and in general the performance of the team is not at the expected level. What caused this? -Yes, it is so despite the great efforts we have made. I am often disappointed. What hurts me the most is that we did not reach the final for the Bulgarian Cup, where we belong. As president of the club, I have a responsibility to ensure its proper functioning and I believe that I have provided everything necessary. PFC Botev Plovdiv is in very good financial condition. A stable budget and sponsorship advertising contracts are provided. Other teams have far lower budgets, but perform better. The club is already stabilized with guaranteed conditions for development. We have a high level of DYUS, which is key to the survival of the club. I am calm because we managed to save the oldest professional football club in our country through teamwork, joint efforts and cooperation with the fans. I believe in Botev and I think it is only a matter of time before our team starts to reverse the negative trend with the support of the fans. The main task for me and the other members of the board was to provide conditions and a healthy environment for our team and our children’s school, which I also think we managed to achieve. Above all, it is important for us that the club remains consistent in implementing its policies to achieve the set strategic goals. Both we as the management and the fans want victories. That is why I am disappointed and I am considering resigning from the post of Chairman of the Board of Directors of PFC Botev Plovdiv after the end of the season. I want to assure all fans that PFC Botev is also my cause, which I will not give up and therefore I will remain a member of the Board of Directors. – Before the pandemic there was tension with some of the fan clubs of “Botev Plovdiv”. Is your decision influenced in any way by this? -Of course not! I can’t be angry with the fans who want the best for the team and are right because we want the same. However, I believe that I have fulfilled what I promised and it is time for a new stage of governance. The club should be headed by a leader who will bring more energy and dynamism. Because I am very busy and I have a lot of commitments in my business. That is why we need a manager who is fully committed to everyday tasks and fully participates in the life of the club. I have repeatedly stated that dialogue is, in my opinion, the only way to achieve the goals of the development of PFC “Botev” Plovdiv. In March, shortly before the declaration of the state of emergency, we organized a meeting between the Management Board of PFC Botev and the supporters’ factions. We discussed all current issues and there were no taboo topics. Everyone could express their opinion and their vision. This is the way to smooth out misunderstandings and contradictions. However, we are all united by the “yellow-black” idea, so it will be in the future. – Are you still of the opinion that the club made the right decision not to support the proposal to terminate the championship, despite the poor results for “Botev”? – Absolutely yes! This is a worthy solution, as long as, of course, the epidemiological situation allows it, in compliance with the measures announced by the government against the spread of COVID-19. We have no right to easily give up the belief that real battles are decided on the ground, not off it. We were faced with a completely new situation. Not only us, but also every professional football club in Bulgaria. It was an unprecedented blockade that spread virtually all over the world. There is no area of life that is not affected. The world economy has stopped and is currently starting to drive the economic wheel, which I hope will happen quickly and the forecast for the recovery of economic growth will come true in 2021. I believe that PFC “Botev” has managed to overcome this challenge, which in fact has its benefits. I believe that no matter how complex and difficult a situation is, there are always positive sides. The question is to what extent a person is ready to upgrade and have a wide enough worldview to draw the right conclusions and lessons.