Former Fakenham Town manager Wayne Anderson has revealed he has been left hurt and deflated by the actions of the club’s hierarchy, after they asked him to leave the club with immediate effect on Tuesday night depriving him of the chance to lead the Ghosts in May’s Norfolk Senior Cup Final.
Anderson told the Lynn News that after a dispute with the club’s chairman Andrew Jarvis, he informed the board he was going to step down from his role as first-team manager at the end of the current season but the club insisted he leave immediately; bringing his second spell at Clipbush Park to an end.
“I am still hurting. I feel like I have been pushed out of a club I have given a lot to and robbed of the chance to take the boys to Carrow Road in May,” Anderson told the Lynn News.
“I told the chairman I was going to step-down at the end of the current season because I didn’t agree with the ambition the committee had for the first team.
“They have done a lot of good for the youth teams, but I wanted to push the first team on and I didn’t feel I had the support to do that, so decided it was right to go at the end of the season.
“I was then told to leave immediately, which really hurt me. I have given a lot to this club over two spells and think I deserved the right to take the team to Carrow Road in May after earning the right to get there.
“I think the decision was made out of spite, I had said I was going to resign at the end of the season but to be forced out has really hurt me.”
The 42-year-old is now set to take a break from football and while he isn’t currently looking for an immediate return to management, he confirmed he does see himself in the dug-out again in the future.
Anderson’s former assistant manager Neil Jarvis will take charge of the Ghosts first team for their remaining three games of the season, including the Norfolk Senior Cup Final against Kings Lynn Town at Carrow Road and this weekend’s trip to Wivenhoe Town in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Divison.
The club also confirmed that former Jarvis will remain in post as the club’s under 18s team manager for next season.
In a statement released on the Ghosts’ official website, the club said: “The club is very grateful to Wayne for his efforts throughout his time at Fakenham Town, managing the team to promotion in 2014 and the Norfolk Senior Cup final this season. We wish him every success in the future.
“The club see this as an opportunity to seek the fresh approach and new direction required to fulfil the long-term ambition of Fakenham Town.
“Our new first team manager will be appointed before the end of the season. There will be no further comment from the club at this time.”