Burnham have parted company with player manager Manny Williams this week, with chairman Glenn Skivington saying both felt the time was right to ‘go in different directions’.
Williams’ departure followed heavy defeats to Hanworth Villa and Abbey Rangers, however, prior to that Williams side had been unbeaten in five matches and was rising up the Combined Counties Premier Division North.
That progress was checked by a 5-0 defeat against Abbey Rangers before leaders Hanworth Villa hammered the Blues 8-0 on Saturday, with Paul Merson’s sons, Ben and Sam, both scoring hat-tricks.
Elliot Simpson scored the other two goals in Villa’s eight-goal haul, a result that lifts them 15 points clear of closest rivals North Greenford United.
It’s been an unsettled season in the Blues’ dugout with Ash James stepping aside as manager at the end of October because of work and family commitments. Assistant boss Williams stepped into the breach and successfully steered the club away from the bottom of the table before those two heavy defeats to promotion challenging teams either side of the new year.
Speaking this morning (Thursday), Skivington, said: “The reason is between us and Manny. After discussions we both felt it was better to go in different directions. That’s it really.”
The club has someone in mind to take on the role and become Burnham’s third manager this season, but Skivington said a couple more things needed to be finalised before they are announced.
Burnham’s most recent results have left the club 13th in the table on 20 points heading into a winnable looking home game against Wokingham & Emmbrook on Saturday. It’s not yet clear who’ll take charge for that game or the remainder of the season
“We have (someone in mind). We just need to finalise a couple of things and have a couple more discussions with the individuals concerned. But we’re hoping to do that in the next day or so I guess. That would be ideal for us. If not for this weekend, then certainly by the start of next week for sure.
“We would have to think about how we are going to deal with that in the very short term. That’s something we are going to discuss this evening at training.”
Yesterday (Wednesday) Williams tweeted to thank Burnham for the opportunity: “I’d like to thank everyone who made my time at Burnham so enjoyable, especially Ashleigh James and Eliot Derby. Special mention to the staff for all the help and the players who gave their all for me. I’m immensely proud of you all and what we achieved together.
“It’s been a great experience for my first managerial role and is certainly just the beginning. Good luck to Burnham for the rest of the season and thank you for the opportunity.”
Burnham announced the news of Williams’ departure on Tuesday evening, saying: “It is with sadness that we announce the departure of Manny Williams from Burnham FC by mutual consent.
“We thank him for his efforts in managing our first team over the past few months and wish him all the best with continuing with his playing and coaching career.”