|I'm back: Darren Hepworth|
Darren Hepworth has been re-instated as the manager of AFC Emley – 48 hours after he was sacked on Friday afternoon.
The original decision, made by club chairman John Whitehead, was universally condemned by the football community and a number of the club’s committee were publicly furious.
A number of the Emley players were set to walk out in protest this week until the committee reserved their chairman’s decision.
Whilst the reasons are unknown why Hepworth was relieved of his duties, the way that the decision was taken has been a public relations disaster for Emley. If the committee had been told when Whitehead felt he needed to sack his manager then the whole situation could have resolved behind closed doors.
Surely Hepworth could not have been sacked due to results. A team prepared by him went fourth in the NCEL Division One table yesterday. And when you examine the bigger picture, Hepworth has built an infrastructure at Emley.
There is an under 19s and reserve team all running into the first team and young players were being fed in Hepworth’s side. AFC Emley is not just all about the first team and a lot of Evo Stik clubs would love an infrastructure like Emley’s.
Hopefully, after tomorrow’s (Monday) further announcement, Emley can move on and Hepworth can lead them to promotion. It is clear he has the full respect and devotion of the players – they’re right behind him and Emley need to do their talking on the pitch from Wednesday night onwards.