Stewart stunned by his sudden departure from Long Buckby

UNHAPPY - former Long Buckby boss Dan Stewart
UNHAPPY - former Long Buckby boss Dan Stewart

Dan Stewart admits he is ‘annoyed’ by the decision to cut his Long Buckby project short.

The player-manager exited Station Road last week, with chairman Dave Austin opting to give the top job to Stewart’s assistant, Richard Kay.

The move came after Kay had taken the reigns for an 8-1 Tuesday night defeat to Thurnby Nirvana that Stewart, who was making his return from a long-term injury, played in.

And the 26-year-old was left shocked as Austin called time on his reign at the club, who currently sit bottom of the UCL Premier Division standings.

“I didn’t get told a lot in terms of why the decision was made and what was happening,” said Stewart.

“The chairman told me Richard had accepted my job and it was a case of step down or we’ll ask you to leave.

“Whether it’s been an ongoing thing between the club and the assistant and it’s been on the cards for a while I don’t know.

“The assistant wasn’t someone who had contacted me, he’d contacted the chairman and he told me he’d got me an assistant manager.

“I was all for giving people opportunities and then I lost my job to him.”

Stewart took over as Buckby boss last summer following the departure of Phil Mason.

And he says he was under the impression the there was no pressure to get results, with development of young players the key aim.

“I can’t pick on anyone at the club because I don’t know the situation,” said Stewart.

“Obviously I’m annoyed about it because I took the job on the proviso that I was building a young squad to be there for the next few years, regardless of where they finished.

“It was about building a future for the club and I was looking forward to taking it forward.

“I felt like I was sold something that wasn’t the case. It’s a weird one.”

Following Stewart’s departure, Buckby have lost narrowly in two UCL Premier Division games.

They were beaten 2-1 at home by Boston on Saturday, and then on Tuesday lost 3-2 at Station Road against Wellingborough Town.

This Saturday they face a massive game as they travel to second-from-bottom Harborough Town.

The Leicestershire side are one place and four points above rock-bottom Buckby.