“I would like to thank all the supporters who have been with me through good and bad.”
I would just like to say that after nearly 15 years at the club I have decided the time is right to step aside as first team manager of this wonderful football club. My decision was a considered one and taken, I believe, in the best interests of the club. It was time to inject some fresh ideas into the players. My honest opinion was that I was no longer getting the best from these players, and you the supporters deserve better.
It's very difficult to thank everyone that has helped and supported me but I would first like to thank all the players I have had the privilege to work with. Together we were able to take the club on record runs in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy. We competed in three play-off semi-finals, two play-off finals and a league cup final. All of these I will be able to look back on with pride some day.
I was lucky enough to be asked to help this club reform during 2004 and took on the role of youth development. The first job was to form an Under 18 side, and their first training session was to rake the waist high grass off the main pitch! We managed to form a youth section which continues to flourish today, and it was with great pride that I can still recall guiding the Under 18 side full of local boys to the league title.
I then stepped up to help Justin Luchford during our wonderful double-winning season. I take with me some fantastic memories but my time had come to an end, and it's now time for someone else to take this club forward. I still believe the current squad can compete again for the play-offs this season and I wish them all the best.
I would like to thank all the supporters who have been with me through good and bad and all the board members who have supported me, especially Ray Leader who I loved working for and Paul Bennett the current chairman, who understood my reasons for leaving and without doubt will take this club forward.
I would like to leave my final “thank you” to my brilliant management team and in particular Clive Walker. I don't believe I would have been entrusted with the first team job without Clive being by my side. The man is fast approaching 73 years of age and has invested all his time, energy, passion and experience into helping me become a better manager. He has stayed unequivocally loyal at all stages and I can't thank him enough for showing that much belief in me. His stories and quiet words of advice will stay with me forever. I can't think of anything better to say than that despite our age gap he is my best mate and will remain so, and for me he should be recognised by the FA both nationally and in Kent for his life’s devotion to football.
I will take some time now and try to reduce my golf handicap! I hope you forgive me for not coming to the ground for a while but I would like to come back some day and watch a game and see you all.
Updated 10:54 - 16 Oct 2018 by Brian Flynn