GRAYS ATHLETIC are still refusing to comment but on the eve of the new season, ex-manager Craig Edwards has revealed how shocked he was to be sacked after only a handful of pre-season friendlies.
Speaking to BBC Essex, Craig Edwards said:
“Mr Woodward came in on Tuesday and sacked us,”
“I don’t think we’ve done anything detrimental to the club since we started and we weren’t given a reason.”
“We put together a decent side in the time we were there but Mr Woodward didn’t share that view and players were signed behind our backs,” Edwards continued.
“We were forced to release some of our signings and 14 of our 21-man squad we had for a friendly at Margate were gone by the next week.”
Craig Edwards and Steve Browne knew that they were not long for this world. In some ways it was not so much a rumour but a state of mind. As they oversaw their team at East Thurrock and Margate and Met Police, you could tell that these were men who were not making long term plans.
If the team that had turned out for Bromley had been allowed to start the season, then the club would be in trouble immediately. Heaven knows what Histon would have done to them.
Alan Lewer has come in and it appears he has immediately brought players of BSP calibre such as Lee McEvilly and Cammy Mawer.
It appears that the club had set a very tight budget but then come to realise that all they were investing in was a one way ticket to the Blue Square South.
Perhaps the new Chairman and Vice-Chairman with their plans to develop the Essex Sports Village realised that retention of BSP status was vital to their future business plans and with Tony Turberville acting as Alan Lewer’s advisor, they may well have decided to inject some capital.
The “sacking” has divided the fans with some now so exasperated that they may well boycott the opening game against Chester City on saturday.