YM release stunned manager Cumberbatch

HOR 271210 Horsham YMCA fc vs Whitehawk. -photo by steve cobb
HOR 271210 Horsham YMCA fc vs Whitehawk. -photo by steve cobb

HORSHAM YMCA have told manager John Cumberbatch he is not wanted next season, after only four months in the job.

YM have been relegated from the Ryman League Division 1 South with Cumberbatch unable to salvage a desperate season after his arrival in December.

And upon his departure, Cumberbatch, from Bromley, believes YM would be better served by a manager who lives closer to the area, to guide them next season, porbably in the Sussex County League

Cumberbatch said: “I am bitterly disappointed. I felt that coming into the situation that the cub was in and that at the time, it was always going to be very, very difficult. More than anything, I was under the impression that I was looking at a long term placement, from the point of view of certainly being able to stabilize things this season, and whether we go down or not, planning to make sure things were good for the following season.

“I thought that everyone had accepted that it was a near on impossible situation. Originally when I came in, I said that I was confident that we could avoid relegation, but bearing in mind that the three or four teams above us all started picking up points and doing well, even if we had performed differently it was always going to be difficult.’

“The other thing from my point of view is that, unless you’ve got a big budget and you can suddenly bring in good quality players, you can’t just change a side over a period of a month or six weeks. That just doesn’t happen.”

A statement from Horsham YMCA said: “At the end of the season manager John Cumberbatch is leaving the club by mutual consent. The club thank him for his loyalty and wish him every success in the future.”