BACK-BIT­ING & LIES

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Jon Couch

Find out why Step 5 boss Paul Smith is at log­ger­heads with his board of di­rec­tors

FED-UP boss Paul Smith has de­liv­ered a part­ing shot to the Bromsgrove Sport­ing board af­ter an­nounc­ing that he will quit the Mid­land Premier League high-fly­ers at the end of the sea­son.

The Rouslers are sec­ond in the ta­ble in search of a sec­ond suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tion, but an­gry Smith has ques­tioned the club’s “hon­esty, in­tegrity and trans­parency” while ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion to walk away in the sum­mer with “an ex­tremely heavy heart”.

Smith took to Twit­ter af­ter the club re­fused to print his pro­gramme notes for yes­ter­day’s visit of AFC Wul­fru­ni­ans, where he said the fans “have a right to know” about “con­stant back-bit­ing and lies” that he claims are en­gulf­ing the hi­er­ar­chy at the Worces­ter­shire club.

The for­mer Stud­ley boss hit out af­ter con­tract talks with the club stalled on Tues­day night with the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee agree­ing a con­tract “was needed at the present time”.

In his mes­sage to fans, Smith said: “You would have thought, on the wave of suc­cess we cur­rently find our­selves, I would be lov­ing my foot­ball? Un­for­tu­nately, the con­stant back-bit­ing and lies have got me to a point where I feel I have to give up.

“There are peo­ple out there, these peo­ple want to come in. Un­for­tu­nately for rea­sons only known by a se­lect few they are not be­ing brought in.”

Chair­man Mike Burke re­sponded to the Bromsgrove Stan­dard: “The board and vol­un­teers do not de­serve al­le­ga­tions thrown at them.”

UN­HAPPY: Paul Smith

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