Brookbanks blasts board after sacking
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).