PIRATES boss Matt Ford revealed he would make a decision on his future this year and said: “I don’t want to overstay my welcome.”

Ford is the most successful promoter in Poole’s history having piloted the club to seven Elite League titles – and a string of other trophies – during two decades at the helm.

The Pirates chief has made no secret of the fact the financial climate in British speedway has become increasingly tough.

Poole have experienced a difficult opening few months to their 70th anniversary season, the Dorset side currently sitting sixth in the SGB Premiership table.

Speaking to the Speedway Star, Ford said: “I don’t want to overstay my welcome. I know some fans believe I’m killing the club – that’s what I believe they have been saying – which I find disturbing.

“They are suggesting I am trying to affect my own business.

“A decision will be made this year about my future at the club and the long-term future of the Pirates.

“It’s not something I’m willing to go into at the moment. I haven’t made a final decision. I’m thinking about what I believe to be best for the club and the future.

“I have listened to those people who have told me they don’t want me here any more. We’ll just wait and see what the future holds.

"The club has a value and if that's the choice I make and I decide my time is up at the club, then it will have to be bought at the value I have on it.

"Of course, I want the club to live forever because I am a great fan. But I have always said that if someone can run it better than me, I would always step aside and I know some people feel that time is now."