Fans force McManus to consider a U-turn

Adam Lazzari Roy McManus may stay on as Wisbech Town manager despite announcing his resignation to the board last week. McManus has become increasingly frustrated with the board's handling of club affairs, but has been overwhelmed by the response he has had and is reconsidering his position.

Adam Lazzari

Roy McManus may stay on as Wisbech Town manager despite announcing his resignation to the board last week.

McManus has become increasingly frustrated with the board's handling of club affairs, but has been overwhelmed by the response he has had and is reconsidering his position.

McManus said yesterday: "My phone hasn't stopped ringing and supporters, players and some of the backroom staff have all told me they desperately want me to stay and the chairman, Barry Carter, has also said he wants me to stay on.


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"There is a tremendous bunch of players and supporters at the club and I hate to think I am letting them down. I've not written to the board and made anything official yet and I'm going to think about the situation over the next couple of days and then make my final decision."

McManus told his board that he would quit the Fenmen at a meeting last Thursday.

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The board had decided to disband the reserve team to cut costs but changed their mind.

The dramatic u-turn came about when former Wisbech Town director Colin Grant told the board at a meeting last week that he was prepared to cover the extra costs.

McManus said: "The way that club affairs have been handled has gotten me really down and it's made me lose my enthusiasm for the game.

"Usually managers would meet with the board as soon as the season is finished to discuss plans for next year, but this has not happened - decisions have just been announced to me.

"The whole situation with the reserve team could have been sorted out a month ago.

"I really enjoyed managing the team last season - especially after we achieved safety - but I fear the damage has already been done."

McManus steered Wisbech away from a Ridgeons Premier Division relegation scrap to a mid-table finish last season after taking over from Ian Jones and Mel Mattless in October.

The cash-strapped club had then won two and lost six of their nine matches and just suffered a 9-0 thrashing to Soham Town Rangers.

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