Love af­fair over for Hams

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TONY GALE in­sisted some­thing had to give at Walton Ca­su­als – and that the decision to re­place Mark Hams as man­ager after nine straight league de­feats was a unan­i­mous one, The Stags chair­man de­cided to act ahead of the 1-0 win at Red­hill on Satur­day, Hams told in a meet­ing on Thurs­day he had been sacked, even though the of­fi­cial line was a part­ing by mu­tual con­sent. Hams and his brother Neil had guided Ca­su­als to a club record league fin­ish of ninth in Step 4 last sea­son in Ryman One South. But the writ­ing had been on the wall longer than a Banksy mu­ral after a shock­ing start which in­cluded an FA Cup exit to Whit­stable after a re­play. Sky TV pun­dit Gale and his son An­thony have stepped into the breach pend­ing the im­mi­nent ap­point­ment of a new man – with 30 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived so far. “Mark has been great for us but after nine league de­feats we needed a change,” said Gale. “We wanted to give him ev­ery chance, that’s how highly I think of him. “But see­ing a cou­ple of the re­cent games it looked a lit­tle bit flat and we knew we had to make a change. “This de­spite Mark po­ten­tially be­ing one of the best man­agers we’ve had, and after hav­ing a suc­cess­ful sea­son last year. “We have had a turn­around of play­ers, which is yet to work, so we de­cided to change around the luck.

“I've been in this sit­u­a­tion many times be­fore. When you are a pro­mo­tion side and ev­ery­thing is go­ing well, ad­just­ments aren’t nec­es­sary. “How­ever, when you are a side fac­ing rel­e­ga­tion, with no points on the board as we were, then some­thing has to change.” Hams has no com­plaints. “I can’t ar­gue with what’s hap­pened,” he re­flected. “We had our usual meet­ing and it was glar­ingly ob­vi­ous what had to be done, they could sense it and I could sense it. “I can’t say I hadn’t been given a chance, we hadn’t won in 11 matches. “I al­ways said if I was go­ing to be found out it would be in my sec­ond sea­son.

“In fact I said to the chair­man after game six when we lost at Corinthian Ca­su­als that I prob­a­bly would have sacked me there and then.” Hams, his own harsh­est critic, added: “I do feel a sense of shame and em­bar­rass­ment but I have been con­tacted by around 80% of the play­ers and around 75% of those have apol­o­gised for let­ting me down.

“In foot­ball the first rule of man­age­ment is it’s al­ways your fault. “There’s a sense of sad­ness as it’s not like I was man­ag­ing a team in London. “Walton Ca­su­als is on my doorstep, the clos­est to me. It’s my club.”

Gale force: Tony Gale, left, with son An­thony, took

over at Red­hill in Ca­su­als’ 1-0 win.

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