Spald­ing sack their man­ager

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports -

SPALD­ING have sacked Andy Stan­hope as man­ager af­ter just 11 months in charge.

Stan­hope suc­ceeded Richard Scott in Jan­uary with thetulips al­ready well on the way to rel­e­ga­tion from the Evo-stik League Divi­sion One South, but their re­turn to the United Coun­ties League sphere hasn’t gone to plan.

Spald­ing are down in mid-ta­ble in the Premier Divi­sion de­spite mak­ing no se­cret of their hopes to chal­lenge for the ti­tle. They are also out of all cup com­pe­ti­tions.

But Stan­hope was still shocked by his sack­ing.

He said: “I took a call from the chair­man yes­ter­day morn­ing and he sacked me. It came as a com­plete shock and I’m very dis­ap­pointed not to have even had a year in the job. I had hardly any play­ers when I came in and have had to build a com­pletely new squad.

“We thought we had the team on pa­per to chal­lenge but it hasn’t worked out like that. We’ve taken steps to ad­dress it and are un­beaten in our last four games so the tim­ing seems strange to say the least.”

Spald­ing chair­man Chris­toyn­ton con­firmed the de­ci­sion to axe ‘Stan’ was taken at a Wed­nes­day night board meet­ing. He said ‘re­sults did not reach ex­pec­ta­tions.’

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