More woe at Woodford as joint-boss Harris quits

CALLING IT A DAY - Pete Harris
CALLING IT A DAY - Pete Harris

Joint-boss Pete Harris says there are a number of reasons why he has decided to leave Woodford United.

Harris and Paul Oddy had been running the show at Byfield Road since Howard Forinton exited the club back in October.

But the team has still yet to record a point in Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central, losing all 31 games this season, the latest a 7-0 battering at the hands of Rugby on Tuesday night.

And Harris has now had enough, calling it a day and leaving Oddy in sole charge of the Reds.

Harris said: “We didn’t expect a great deal when we took over, but we had six senior players, the likes of Wes Emery and Joe Power, leave the club.

“The lads that are left are only 16 and 17 and it’s not fair on them. Some are playing four times a week, because they turn out for the youth team on Thursdays as well.

“I’ve emailed the chairman (Andy Worrall) to tell him it’s too much for them and I don’t want to be part of it if they get a serious injury.

“I’ve never walked away from a job in football but a combination of things have contributed to this.”

Harris and Oddy have worked on an unpaid basis this season, with Worrall deciding he could no longer justify paying to stay in the division.

And Harris admits, with such budgetary limitations in place, times have been tough.

“We’ve done all this for nothing,” he said. “It was just one thing after another and I had to call it a day.

“The disappointment is that the club have not matched what they promised and it just never worked out for us. It’s all down to money really.”