Simon’s shock sparks search for boss

Evo-Stik Division 1 South
Evo-Stik Division 1 South
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THE Daniels began the search for a new manager this week after Simon Clark stunned the side by announcing his departure on Saturday evening.

Daniels chairman John Drewnicki said: “It came as a massive shock. When you are joint top of the league you expect them to be staying. But Worksop have a budget that is three times ours.

“In football you cannot stand in a player’s way and likewise with any manager who wants to move on, I would not stand in their way.

“No one man is bigger than Stamford Football Club.”

Clark, who had been at the helm for just 16 months, announced his departure immediately after the side’s stunning 2-1 victory at league leaders Ilkeston.

Clark told his players that he had accepted an offer to manage Evo-Stik Premier Division side Worksop Town and that his assistant Dave Frecklington would go with him.

Stamford’s directors held an emergency meeting on Sunday evening and had hoped to persuade Frecklington to take over, but once it became clear he would go, they moved swiftly to find replacements.

Drewnicki said several “high quality applications” had already been received and the club hopes to have a new man in place in time for the Newcastle Town match on October 15. Candidates will be interviewed next week.

David Staff, Dan Barrett and youth team director Guy Walton led training this week as the team prepares for one of the season’s biggest games of the season – tomorrow’s FA Trophy tie against last season’s FA Vase winners, Coalville Town at the Premier Kitchens Arena.

Walton said: “It was a bright training session this week. Every one of the players turned up. It’s the players that achieve and currently we are near the top of the league.

“It’s a buoyant side right now; we had an impressive victory last Saturday but a big crowd tomorrow would create an atmosphere that would be hugely beneficial.”

Clark said: “It’s sad to leave but Worksop is a big club. I would not have left for a similar-sized club but it was too good an offer to turn down.”

Stamford have 22 points and seven wins from 11 league games and Clark added: “The club is in a fantastic position to go forward and have a very good season.

“The board of directors have been fantastic. I can only thank Guy and John for their support.”

Stamford have confirmed that Clark’s new side, Worksop, have made an approach for central defender Michael Jacklin.

Kick off tomorrow is at 3pm.