BOURNE’S defeat at home to Potton United on Saturday became overshadowed by uncertainty over the future of Darren Munton this week.
The Wakes went 1-0 ahead before the break but lost 2-1 after missing a late penalty, and immediately after the game it appeared Bourne boss Munton and his assistant Phil Jarman had quit the club in frustration.
A report in an evening paper on Monday said the pair had left the club but on the same day Munton was quick to deny that his days at the Abbey Lawn were over. He did however admit he had questioned his future with the Wakes.
The Bourne boss said: “Phil and I spoke on Sunday. We have had a few days to think about it and a lot of people called us asking us to continue.”
Bourne have won only two league games this season and mistakes again cost Bourne points on Satrday.
Munton said: “It was probably the lowest that I have felt at the club.
“It hurts me. The club is in my heart. We won the league in 1991 and I have been involved with the club for the last 10 years.
“Phil and I just felt really fed up. We felt we did not want to go into the dressing room.
“I went in and said ‘We cannot carry on like this’ but the response from people has been quite overwhelming.”
On Monday evening, Munton and Jarman attended the club’s regular monthly meeting and afterwards club secretary Bob Lambert confirmed that the management pair remain in place.
Lambert said: “Bourne Town FC can categorically state that despite comments in a local paper Darren Munton has not resigned as manager of the club.
“Despite going through a poor run of results, Darren and his assistant Phil Jarman remain upbeat and confident of turning things round.
“When the club were unfairly demoted two seasons ago the committee set out a plan to stabalise the club both financially and on the field after seasons of failed expensive managers. Due to the hard work of the committee they are achieving that plan on both accounts.
“Darren and Phil remain committed to the club for the foreseeable future and with their hard work and the backing of a team of players wanting to play for the club the committee are fully 100 percent behind Darren and Phil to establish the team in the current first division.”
And their priority for Munton and Jarman has to be to cut out mistakes.
On Saturday, Bourne let points slip through their fingers after Jake Mason gave them a half-time lead at the Abbey Lawn.
Bourne then conceded twice and Mason blew the chance to save a point for the Wakes when his spot kick was saved by Aaron Loney in the Potton goal.
Munton said: “The first was another sloppy goal on Saturday and we gave the ball away for the second. Then we had the perfect chance to equalise .
“It’s just so frustrating. The players are good enough but are just not performing.
“Even when we go in front we look vulnerable. We are making basic errors.”
But, he added: “We have a loyal band of supporters who watch regardless and a couple of wins will change it.”
The Wakes face Eynesbury Rovers at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday. Kick off is at 3pm.
Bourne: Dan Jarman, John Currall, Aaron Campion, Andy Moss, Aaron Jesson, Seb Hood (Dan Smith), Dan Mason (Lloyd Buchan), Jason Kilbride, Jake Mason, Josh Kamau (Ashley Firth), Glenn Spearink.