Flisher: Stones have got it wrong

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Club leg­end Alex Flisher be­lieves Maid­stone were wrong to end Jay Saun­ders’ sev­enyear reign. Flisher played 275 times for the Stones, mainly un­der Saun­ders, and feels his old boss should still be in charge. He said: “You don’t know what goes on be­hind closed doors but they’re only seven games in and they’ve won two al­ready. “It’s not like they’re right at the bot­tom. Dover are be­low them and they’ve still not sacked their man­ager. “It’s a bit of a shock but what you can do? I think it’s harsh, re­ally harsh, con­sid­er­ing where we were when he took over. “We were bot­tom of the Ry­man Premier and in four or five years we were in the Con­fer­ence. “I’ve seen quite a few peo­ple say­ing it’s time for a change but teams in that league have got ridicu­lous bud­gets, so it’s al­ways go­ing to be tough. “The rea­son me and Tom Mills left was be­cause there wasn’t enough money for us to stay and give up work. “When we went up, For­est Green were pay­ing a player £4,000 a week. “Maid­stone would never dream of that and it sums up the dif­fer­ence from the top of that league to the bot­tom of it.” Flisher feels Saun­ders is a vic­tim of his own suc­cess af­ter lead­ing the club to the Na­tional League years ahead of sched­ule. He added: “We over­achieved to be­gin with and then ob­vi­ously be­cause they didn’t ex­pect to be where they are now, they’ve not had the bud­get to ei­ther try and progress or be com­fort­able at that level in­stead of near the bot­tom. “It’s not our money so it’s not for us to say but you’d have thought if they wanted to progress they’d have to put a bit more money in and get some play­ers on big money. “You look at the clubs near Maid­stone – Ebb­s­fleet have a big­ger bud­get and so have Dover. “Then you go a bit fur­ther afield and clubs like Sut­ton have a big­ger bud­get, so it’s hard to at­tract play­ers. Even in the league be­low, teams are chuck­ing money around.” Flisher is back­ing his old boss to bounce back quickly. He said: “He won’t strug­gle to find a job. It wouldn’t sur­prise me if he ended up go­ing into the Foot­ball League now. “There’s quite a few jobs go­ing where peo­ple have been sacked. Bil­ler­icay’s one in the league be­low although I’m not sure that would be on his list. “Notts County have sacked their man­ager, too, there’s a few jobs he could try and get.”

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