MANAGER Mark Kinsella, his assistant Andy Reece and clubhouse facilities manager Jason Lee have all left Daventry Town with immediate effect.
This follows a cost-cutting exercise put in place by mobile phone magnate Iain Humphrey.
The shock moves have come only 12 months after successful boss Ady Fuller was shown the door to make way for ex-Republic of Ireland international Kinsella who was given two years in which to fire the Town into the Southern League Premier Division.
Darran Foster is now expected to take charge at Communications Park having already been appointed as Kinsella’s number two following the demise of UCL club Daventry United which shared the Browns Road facilities last season.
Now Daventry hope to move forward again as a community club with a functioning committee, new partnerships with businesses in the town and an increasingly profitable £800,000 clubhouse.
Existing chairman Iain Humphrey and his Shebang phone company are expected to retain links with the club but there is likely to be increased reliance on funding from outside sources. This begs the question as to how big a players’ budget Foster will be given this season.
Player-loyalty will no doubt be stretched to the limit in the 2012-13 campaign with Foster and his righthand man Neil Champelovier faced with an initial challenge of maintaining Daventry Town’s status as a step four Southern League club.
Meanwhile Foster has agreed to take charge in the short term although he stressed that he had not taken the job on a permanent basis before tonight’s (Thursday) annual meeting of the club which takes place at Communications Park (6.30pm).
“Things will not be easy in the short term,” conceded Foster who admitted to having little idea so far as to how far the players’ budget will stretch in the coming months. “It’s a question of wait and see,” was his response.
No doubt the picture will become clearer when Mr Humphrey addresses the annual meeting later today but a premature parting of the ways with the popular Kinsella was in many ways inevitable.
The softly-spoken Irishman who won 48 international caps, played in a World Cup and made more than 250 appearances for Aston Villa, was over-qualified for a managerial job at semi-professional level.
As a former Charlton Athletic coach Kinsella understandably knew next to nothing about football at step four level and, although a quick learner, he saw Daventry plummet from a play-offs place under Fuller to 16th spot in the Division One Central table last season.
Better things were expected second time around at a club which has seen four managers – Martyn Walker, Glenn Botterill, Fuller and Kinsella – come and go in as many seasons. In a wider sense though DTFC have continued to progress.
An FA Community Standard club, Daventry have a successful ladies’ team, a Football Development Centre for seven to 11-year-olds and three 11-18 year old teams about to take part in the Midland Junior Premier League.
“The way forward is to develop a properly-organised community club with a working committee drawn from local supporters who may have been reluctant to come forward in the past,” concluded club secretary Matt Hogsden.
In the immediate future this may mean the club leaning heavily upon the Foster family with Darran doubling up as manager and groundsman while older brother Nigel becomes the new first team football secretary.
Mr Humphrey was not available for comment.