‘There will al­ways be a league while there is a com­mu­nity,’ says Rose

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

FOOT­BALL MJSL chiefs have launched a staunch de­fence of the league’s struc­ture amid the fall­out from the res­ig­na­tion of Manch­ester’s most suc­cess­ful man­age­ment team.

Stu­art Del­monte and Tony Rosen­berg cited sev­eral griev­ances be­hind their de­ci­sion to stand down as man­agers of

Re­ich In­sur­ance Blue.

The pair be­came in­creas­ingly dis­il­lu­sioned over the way the league was run and voiced their dis­ap­point­ment in an email sent to clubs and the man­age­ment com­mit­tee in De­cem­ber.

But league sec­re­tary Paul Rose hit back and said: “The points they made had been ad­dressed in a pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive man­ner at the last coun­cil meet­ing.

“We re­ceived their email in De­cem­ber but, for starters, any emails should come via the club’s sec­re­tary.

“In this in­stance, the claims were not a full rep­re­sen­ta­tion of their club. It was also not backed by any other team. “There was no rea­son for us to re­ply as it re­ceived a neg­a­tive re­sponse. All they did was fire bul­lets in an email.

“All we have ever done is for the good of the league. The MJSL has been go­ing for years and while there is a com­mu­nity there will al­ways be a league. Times are chang­ing and we know that, but the league func­tions. “We are not in dire straits. In fact, we have re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion for a new team join­ing for next sea­son.”

Del­monte and Rosen­berg in­sist they will not walk away from foot­ball man­age­ment al­to­gether.

Talks have al­ready be­gun to re­form AFC Flix­ton, who dis­banded from the Ac­coun­tants Pre­mier League last sum­mer, for next sea­son.

But the prospect of a re­turn to Jewish foot­ball ap­pears out the ques­tion for the dou­ble act.

Rosen­berg, who along with Del­monte had twice pre­vi­ously been per­suaded to stay on, claimed he had reached the end of his tether with the MJSL bosses.

He said: “We wanted to get back to our roots and were ex­cited about our re­turn to Jewish foot­ball.

“But in hind­sight it was a mis­take on our parts. It’s been a plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence. But we don’t like the pol­i­tics. The ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee are so far re­moved from re­al­ity.

“They sim­ply have no idea about the stresses and aggravation of field­ing a team, the costs and ef­forts in­volved.

“I’ve been in­volved in foot­ball since 1973 in one way or an­other. It’s a big part of my life and not to be in­volved is a mas­sive de­ci­sion.”

Stu­art Del­monte

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