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Dent poised to take Falmouth Town job after Stephens sacking
Robbie Stephens has been sacked as manager of Falmouth Town after a nightmare start to the season which saw his side earn just three points from their opening ten games.
The final straw came on Saturday when defeat against fellow strugglers Cullompton Rangers prompted the club’s directors to convene an emergency meeting, at which it was uninamously agreed that a change needed to be made.
In a statement, the club said: “We would like to thank both Robbie and Gary for all their hard work over the last year. It’s unfortunate that they took over at such a difficult time for the club both on and off the pitch, and we wish them both all the best in the future.”
The statement continued: “There are a small handful of people working hard behind the scenes at the club, but they need help. It is easy to criticise from the terraces, but any real help people can provide would be appreciated.”
It’s widely expected that Falmouth will announce the appointment of current Penzance manager John Dent as Stephens’ replacement following Wednesday’s game against St Blazey.
Dent was one of several candidates on a shortlist drawn up by the club, along with Helston Atheltic manager Sid Taylor, who reaffirmed his commitment to the Blues.
Despite being disappointed, Stephens said his overriding feeling after hearing the news was one of relief.
“I got a call on Sunday night, but to be honest after Saturday I felt like walking myself,” he said.
“I’m happy to be out of it really. I think it’s a poisoned chalice and a hell of a job for anyone to take on with things the way they are there.
“With no budget it was always a struggle to attract the kind of players you need to compete in that division,” he added, “and some of the supporters who think the club should be right up there are in cloud cuckoo land. Falmouth Town used to turn heads, but it just doesn’t now.”
It’s difficult to disagree with his assessment of the current situation at Bickland Park.
After he and Les Gilbert took over from Alan Carey last year, Stephens found himself forced to contend with player departures, and a drastically reduced budget as the club began the painful process of rebuilding following a period of financial uncertainty which almost saw the turnstiles close for good.
Whether the imminent arrival of John Dent is enough to transform Town’s fortunes remains to be seen, but with rumours circulating that midfielder Dan Richardson is on the verge of joining St Austell, things may get that little bit worse before they get better.
“It’s not the football,” said Stephens. “The whole club needs restructuring from top to bottom, otherwise it’ll just keep going down and down. I think the whole club is teetering on the edge.”
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