STEYNING Town have left manager Dave Shearing shocked after telling him his services are no longer required.
Shearing was recruited at the start of the season, and after spending much of the campaign rooted in the bottom two, a revival since the end of February has seen the South Downs outfit pick up 15 points to move to near safety.
But despite this, Shearing will make way at the end of the season for a new manager. The Steyning board have cited the distance between the club and Shearing’s home in Eastbourne as a major factor.
The manager, who has extensive County League experience, and brought in players such as Mark Oldroyd, Ryan Walton and Tyler Goatcher to inspire the turnaround, quit when he was told the news, but has been persuaded to carry on until the end of the season.
“I am gutted. I do not see any logic in it, I cannot understand it,” Shearing remarked. “I brought in six or seven players, and as soon as they came into the side we stated playing.”
“They have given the reason that I am not local enough. “I am always there, I am one million per cent committed.”
A statement from the Steyning Town committee said: “Dave has given us an immediate future in Division 2 however we are now starting to focus on the longer term. The Committee’s strategy is to continue to re-forge our links with our surrounding area. We feel that because Dave lives in Eastbourne, and the fact most of his footballing contacts are in that area, that he is not the best long term candidate.”
See today’s West Sussex County Times for Steyning’s statement in full.