Chairman's Statement On Blackwell Departure
Chairman Stewart Day has given a statement in which is addresses the termination of manager Kevin Blackwell's contract today.
The Chairman told the Official Site that when he was appointed to the role at the club he knew he would have to make some tough decision and that when the time came, he'd have to be brave enough to make them and today, as a board, they had one of the toughest yet - which was to terminate Kevin Blackwell's contract following our on pitch performances and results.
'We would like to thank Kevin for his efforts to turn this club into a promotion winning side, but for whatever reason, the efforts off the pitch was not reflected by the performances and results on the pitch.'
He continues to say that since day one he and others at the club have strived for the very highest of standards and every effort was made to support the first team staff and players, and even though making this decision was one that saddened him, he feels it is in the best interests of the club for it to have happened.
He continues to explain that Ronnie Jepson has been asked to stand in as our caretaker manager and all of the back room staff have been asked to stay on to provide some stability during this process, and the board remain confident that the future is bright.
He also points to the five year plan that he has for the club, and he feels we remain on track with that, despite making a managerial change.
Time will prove whether or not this is the right decision or whether the board have acted ahead of time here. On the one hand the season is still early enough for Blackwell to have been given more time and gel the team fully, but on the other hand any new appointment to the role of manager will now have quite a few weeks to assess the team fully and make plans for the January window.
But of course, that equally would've been what the current management staff were already doing.