Warner departs SYCOB over ‘lack of financial assurances’
GEOFF Warner has lifted the lid on his departure from Beaconsfield SYCOB – claiming he had no assurances about next season,
Hellenic Premier side Bracknell Town last week announced Warner as their new coach, leading to questions as to why he had left his post as SYCOB manager to drop down a division.
But Warner, who led Beaconsfield to a ninth-place finish in Southen One Central last season, insists he left Holloways Park weeks ago and long before the Bracknell offer came up.
He said: “I had a meeting with the club at the end of the season. The chairman (Andy Agar) had left, and I couldn’t get any financial assurances about next season.
“I said in that case I couldn’t move the project forward. I wanted to build on what we did last season and bring one or two more players in.
“Although it means a step down, I like what they’re doing at Bracknell. I’m also a Bracknell man, having played for them as a teenager, as did my dad before me.”
Assistant manager Andy Hurley has remained with the club but has said he is not interested in taking back the managerial reigns he gave up a yearand-a-half ago.
Meanwhile, the departure of Agar, who joined as chairman last summer, has not yet been officially announced by SYCOB, but the board were due to meet last night (Wednesday) to discuss the club’s future direction.
Elsewhere, former Wycombe Wanderers coach Sean Kelleher has joined Flackwell Heath as new manager Paul Shone’s assistant.
Also joining the coaching team is Ben Hudell, who was once a regular for Chelsea’s academy and U18 sides but never made it as a pro at Stamford Bridge. But as they come through the in door, out of the exit door goes defender Ashleigh James, who has left Flackwell for a second time.