The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Robin Jones

RICHARD Dim­mock has been sacked as man­ager of Welling Town – even though his team are four points clear at the top of the ta­ble!

Dim­mock, 39, who was due to cel­e­brate two years in charge of the Boots next month, lost just two of his open­ing 17 games in South­ern Coun­ties East Divi­sion One this sea­son.

Yet a state­ment from found­ing chair­man Kevin Oakes said that “re­cent re­sults and per­for­mances have not been in line with ex­pec­ta­tions”.

Welling Town have en­joyed a me­te­oric rise to Step 6 af­ter be­ing formed only four years ago as a Sun­day side in Divi­sion Two of the Lon­don & Kent Subur­ban League.

In 2016, they switched to Satur­day foot­ball, and joined the grass­roots Divi­sion Three West of the Kent County League.

They then suc­cess­fully ap­plied to join their cur­rent league – a jump of three di­vi­sions.

Oakes said: “Our po­si­tion is strong, and our time un­der Richard’s man­age­ment has seen us progress many lev­els and win tro­phies” but added: “Sev­eral wider is­sues off the field re­main a con­cern.

“He has been in­stru­men­tal in us get­ting to where we are, and as some­one I have known for more than 20 years, this de­ci­sion is all the more dif­fi­cult.

“We’re still sur­prised he even con­sid­ered tak­ing the job at the level we were at, and very pleased he helped de­liver our main aim at that time of pro­gress­ing from am­a­teur to semipro­fes­sional foot­ball.

“Without his in­put the club would not be in the place it is today, but to con­tinue mov­ing for­wards we feel that a change is re­quired.”

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