Down and out

Hay­lock steps down as Hayes now need a mir­a­cle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

CHAIR­MAN Tony O’Driscoll has al­ready started the search for Hayes & Yead­ing’s new man­ager ahead of the club’s ex­pected rel­e­ga­tion.

A crush­ing 3-0 de­feat to Bath City in the penul­ti­mate game of the Con­fer­ence South sea­son means that United will go down this week­end bar­ring a mir­a­cle.

Even if Hayes & Yead­ing can beat Gosport in their fi­nal fix­ture, St Al­bans City’s vastly su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence en­sures only Ha­vant & Water­looville can now es­cape.

Man­ager Garry Hay­lock paid the price for United’s demise over the week­end as he agreed to step down from his post by mu­tual con­sent after talks with O’Driscoll.

The search is now on for Hay­lock’s re­place­ment and two names are al­ready in the frame for the va­cant po­si­tion as as­sis­tant man­ager Tris­tan Lewis takes con­trol on Satur­day.

O’Driscoll said: “We’ve got time to try and get the right man­ager in. It hasn’t been good the last few man­agers, so at least we’ll have a bit of time and we won’t rush into con­firm­ing any­thing. There’s no guar­an­tees any man­ager will work out

“There are a cou­ple of peo­ple we’d like to talk to straight away to find out if they are the right per­son for the job. If they are the right per­son then they’ll have all sum­mer to get the play­ers that they want in.”

Hay­lock, who was in his sec­ond stint as United boss, took the de­ci­sion on the chin after com­ing to a joint de­ci­sion with O’Driscoll at York ork Road after the Bath ath de­feat.

He ad­mit­ted re­sults lts had not reached thehe stan­dards both he and the club had ad come to ex­pect and nd is gut­ted to now list a first rel­e­ga­tion on his is man­age­rial CV.

Hay­lock said:d: “The last time I wasas there we had a lo­tot of suc­cess, but thatat took a while and a lot of hard work. I wasn’t go­ing to be e able to come in and just wave a magic wand and make it all l bet­ter.

“I had a chat with Tony and we de­cided it was best to go our sep­a­rate ways. Things didn’t go the way I had wanted and they hadn’t gone the way Tony wanted ei­ther. It was the nat­u­ral thing to do.

“There is no in­di­vid­ual r e s p o n s i b i l i t y, ex­cept with me. I picked the play­ers s and put the team out so I have to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity. I did it with the coun­sel of my staff but I’d be stupid not to use them.

“It’s Tony’s club and he wants things done a cer­tain way. We’ve parted on good terms. I’m sad to see the club rel­e­gated. I had one rel­e­ga­tion as a player and now I’ve got one on my CV as a man­ager and it’s very dis­ap­point­ing dis­ap­point­ing.” ”

Im­me­di­ate changes to the play­ing squad are ex­pected for Satur­day’s fi­nal game at Gosport, with standin boss Lewis to pro­mote four U18s play­ers to the first-team.

Else­where, the cur­tain came down on the South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral for the bor­ough’s clubs.

North­wood, who still have the Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup fi­nal to look for­ward to, signed off with a draw against Ayles­bury thanks to a late Rob Hast­ings goal.

Uxbridge ended the cam­paign on a high with a 1-0 win over Ayles­bury Town at Hon­ey­croft as An­thony O’Con­nor got the only goal of the game.

AFC Hayes went down 1-0 to Farn­ham at the Me­mo­rial Ground in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier Di­vi­sion.

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