Brook­banks blasts board af­ter sack­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

SHELL-SHOCKED Tommy Brook­banks has been sacked by Stam­ford af­ter just seven months at the helm.

The Not­ting­ham-based boss was no­ti­fied of his ax­ing by tele­phone yes­ter­day. It came lit­tle over a week af­ter he had been handed his bud­get to build a squad for next sea­son.

And Brook­banks (pic­tured be­low) de­liv­ered a fu­ri­ous blast to the Daniels board for their decision.

He said: “I’m shocked by the be­hav­iour of cer­tain peo­ple who should have a lot more in­tegrity than they have shown to­wards me.

“I thought I was man­ag­ing a club where peo­ple were truth­ful and hon­est but it seems that not ev­ery­one has been that way with me.

“Crowds were up by 25 per cent, we mas­sively im­proved the dis­ci­pline and the signs were clear that we were get­ting a good squad to­gether.

“I al­ready had five play­ers lined up for next sea­son and my­self and my as­sis­tant Mark Har­vey also sorted a big spon­sor­ship deal to bring more money in.

“Up un­til a cou­ple of days ago ev­ery­thing was hunky dory and this decision is all about pol­i­tics, not foot­ball.

“I will leave Stam­ford with a bit­ter taste in my mouth.”

Stam­ford were top of Evo-stik Di­vi­sion One South when Brook­banks suc­ceeded Si­mon Clark in Oc­to­ber, 2011. They were in­volved in the pro­mo­tion bat­tle for much of the sea­son un­til slid­ing out of the play-off places in the final weeks of the cam­paign.

Stam­ford thanked Brook­banks for his work in a state­ment but city-based chair­man John Drewnicki reg­is­tered his dis­ap­point­ment at the man­ager’s exit.

Drewnicki said: “I’m very dis­ap­pointed the board have dis­pensed with Tommy’s ser­vices.

“It is al­ways dif­fi­cult for a man­ager to take over a team dur­ing a sea­son when they can’t al­ways at­tract the play­ers they would like to bring in.

“I felt Tommy de­served the chance to man­age the club for a full sea­son and he was well on the way to bring­ing in the per­son­nel he wanted.”

For­mer Stam­ford boss Gra­ham Drury is sure to be linked with the job af­ter his de­par­ture from Blue Square North side Corby Town this week.

ST Neots beat Hunt­ing­don 3-0 in last night’s Hinch­ing­broke Cup semi-final at Ju­bilee Park.

There’s a tasty United Coun­ties League Premier Di­vi­sion derby tonight at Out­gang Road where Deep­ing take on fourth-place ri­vals Hol­beach (7.45pm).

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