Resigning Bourne Town manager will ‘stay on until replacement found’

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Bourne Town manager Darren Munton has handed in his resignation, but says he will stay on until a replacement can be found.

Munton quit in September but was persuaded to stay at the ChromaSport UCL Division One outfit a few days later.

However, after Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Eynesbury which followed a 6-2 thrashing by Harrowby on Boxing Day, Munton handed in a written resignation which has been accepted by the club.

Munton has been involved with the Wakes as a player, coach or manager for more than 20 years and it is that long-term association which is keeping him there until someone else comes in.

He said: “There’s no way I’m going to sit back and let the club fold, but it’s just the right time for someone else to take over, and start looking to next season. I’ve said I will be happy to stand aside.”

The Wakes have struggled all season and currently lie third from bottom, nine points adrift of the team above them and just two points away from the drop zone.

The club has struggled to put out a consistent first team all season and having no money to bring players in has not helped.

Munton says being let down by players has also been an issue.

Christmas brought matters to a head when Munton finished work on Christmas Eve at 6pm and then had to ring round players to put together teams for the fixtures on Boxing Day and Saturday. He even had to drive to Essendine to sign a 
player.

He said: “I’ve lost that desire to carry on.

“Players have come in and said they will play and then sent me a text saying they can’t play at the last minute with no explanation.

“I’ve been busy at work up until Christmas and trying to get two teams together on Christmas Eve was kind of like the last straw. It’s not fair on my family.

“There’s about half a dozen of us on the committee who work tirelessly for the club to keep it afloat and we’ve faced a lot of obstacles but it has taken its toll.

“To be honest I’ve probably spent too much time on off the field stuff and neglected things on the pitch.

“Every Saturday I’ve marked the pitch out, put up the nets and then when you get players not bothering to turn up it is frustrating.”

The obstacles faced by the club include the failure of the floodlights which will cost thousands to repair. It is money the club doesn’t have and they have been forced to play their winter home fixtures an hour earlier than everyone else in the division.

Bourne have played 28 matches, lost 20, won four and drawn four.

Munton is hoping the club can avoid finishing in the bottom two , whether he is still in charge or not.

He said: “We’ve got 14 games to go and some of them are winnable and if we win half of those then hopefully we will avoid finishing in the bottom two.”

Club secretary Bob Lambert paid tribute to Munton’s efforts. He said: “The club wish to place on record all the hard work, personal time and dedication he has put into the club.

“He never failed to do anything less than 100 per cent in what he did. His commitment to the club could never be questioned.

“Over the seasons he was in charge it was difficult for him to attract the better class of players due to a zero budget, but he called on all his knowledge of local players to complement his 
squad.

“It has to be said that the past few seasons have been a struggle but with his trusty assistants he got on with job in hand.

“It is safe to say he will be missed but he has agreed to stay on until a replacement is found, a true gesture of Darren.

“Hopefully he will remain on the committee to help the club get back to winning ways. On behalf of the committee, thank you Darren.”

Bourne face Rushden and Higham United at home on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.