Chairman's update: Julian Tagg on Ethan Ampadu and FA Cup tie

With a view to continued club transparency chairman Julian Tagg has issued the following update with regards to Ethan Ampadu's move to Chelsea and assistant manager Matt Oakley taking charge for Sunday's FA Cup tie with Heybridge Swifts.

Ethan Ampadu

Exeter City chairman Julian Tagg says there is still no significant update with regards to fee owed to the club over Ethan Ampadu’s move to Chelsea.

This is because of the massive disparity in valuation between the two clubs.

Ethan, who has been capped three times by Wales under-19s, moved to Chelsea on July 1 and it was hoped that the two clubs could agree a compensation fee for the player. 

However, despite Ethan, having already made two first-team appearances for Chelsea this season, being the youngest player to make their debut for the Blues in more than 10 years, City’s valuation remains considerably higher than what has been offered by London-based club. 

Therefore, the papers are now with the appropriate authorities to take the next step towards a tribunal. City chairman Julian Tagg said he would also like to place on record that the relationship between Chelsea and Exeter City remains positive despite the disagreement.

The club will issue further updates as and when they happen. 

Matt Oakley to manage Sunday’s FA Cup tie   

Exeter City assistant manager Matt Oakley will take the helm when the team faces Heybridge Swifts in the Emirates FA Cup first round tie this Sunday.

The match has been rescheduled and now falls on a day which manager Paul Tisdale is unable to attend due to a longstanding commitment. Matt will be supported by coaches Matt Taylor, Andy Tillson and Mel Gwinnett, and director of football Steve Perryman. 

Julian Tagg, chairman of Exeter City, said: “Paul had booked some time off, his first for a considerable period, and we have honoured this. Initially, it did not impact on any matches, until this match was rescheduled.

“The match, at St James Park, was moved to Sunday at 2pm, so it can be shown on BBC Final Score along with four other matches that afternoon.”

Paul Tisdale added: “This is an opportunity for Matt Oakley to assume responsibility on match day. He will be ably assisted by a highly competent support team.

“We follow a very consistent process to all matches we play so I am sure with the same preparation, the team's approach on Sunday will be as professional and focused as any other game.”