‘I’m gutted’

Ady Fuller
Ady Fuller

OUTGOING Daventry Town manager Ady Fuller expressed himself as “gutted and somewhat angry” at losing the number one job at Communications Park.

Fuller (pictured left) refused to step down to an assistant’s role but conceded that the managerial switch “could be right for the club but not right for me personally”.

He added: “I’m still a Daventry lad at heart and wish the club every future success. I hope to stay friends with chairman Iain Humphrey and for the time being anyway I will be happy to continue in my position as part-time groundsman at Communications Park.”

Fuller’s backroom staff, assistant manager Paul Lamb, chief scout Jason Burnham and goalkeeping coach Derren Midson have also resigned en bloc clearing the way for the Birmingham-based Kinsella to bring in his own back-up boys.

At 38 Fuller, himself a former England Schoolboy international and ex-Watford apprentice, has already received a couple of offers to resurrect a playing career which saw him play for Banbury United, Ford Sports and Woodford United on narrowly failing to make the grade as a full-time professional.

Despite winning the UCL title in his first full season at Daventry and then going on to reach the SL Central Division play-off final in May this year, Fuller declined to liken his treatment to that of Carlo Ancelotti (by chairman Roman Abramovich) at Chelsea.

“Don’t get me wrong I am both disappointed and somewhat angry at the turn of events but the chairman has clearly taken a commercial decision which he deems to be in the best interests of the club.

“Iain has put a great deal of money, time and effort into Daventry Town and is obviously entitled to do what he wants. What the future holds in store is anyone’s guess.

“For my part I do not hold illusions of grandeur and am not expecting to walk into a top manager’s job tomorrow morning. Hopefully though by almost pulling off successive promotions I will eventually get back into management.”

Tom Berwick (Leamington), Russell Dunkley (Long Buckby) and Josh Blake (Stratford Town) have already left the Town in the close season.

Martyn Walker got the push despite being named as UCL manager-of-the-year in 2007-2008 and current Bucks’ boss Glenn Botterill lasted only 15 matches in mid-season when the Town failed to clinch the UCL championship in the following campaign.