June 23, 2018

HELLENIC LEAGUE: McNally dismissal “massively difficult,” says chairman Hirst

Shrivenham chairman Matt Hirst. Picture: Shrivenham FC.

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Shrivenham chairman Matt Hirst has described the decision to dismiss manager Michael McNally as “massively difficult decision to make”.

The club announced on Sunday that both McNally and his assistant Mark Stevens had parted company with the club with McNally telling Your Sport Swindon that he felt he had been “stabbed in the back” when he learned of the decision.

But chairman Hirst has defended the call, insisting he wants to see the club move forward.

“It was a very difficult conversation and I can understand why Macca feels disappointed,” Hirst said.

“He’s been a great character but we need someone with different chemistry to help the players play a different way that gives us the results we should be getting.

“The easy option is being patient and keep holding off in the hope that success will eventually follow, but this club hasn’t had much to celebrate over the last decade and that needs to be rectified.

“I’m sorry I had to make this decision but I do believe it is in the best interests of the football club.

“We have been watching closely how the results have been going, how the team has been performing and the spirit around the ground.

“I haven’t see much improvement over the last few seasons and there’s no doubt the team need something different to help them to continue to progress.

“Macca and Steveo are great people and it goes without saying that they leave with our very best wishes – it’s been a very difficult day for everyone.”

Hirst has confirmed that the new management team will be announced on Monday morning, with Shrivvy next in action next Saturday when they travel to Reading YMCA for a Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Senior Trophy clash.

“It may sound a little cut-throat, but as part of my review of the club I’d already looked at potential managers and I’ve agreed terms with a new team who will be announced tomorrow morning,” Hirst said.

“Nick (Moore, the club’s Director of Football) has been in contact with the squad today and reassuring them of our plans.

“I would like to publicly thank Macca and Steveo for everything they have done for the club over the years and I’m sure neither will be out of the game for long.”

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