His passion for King’s Lynn Town was like a badge of honour and his desire for the football club will undoubtedly still burn bright despite his departure.
Did the sacking of Gary Setchell come too soon or was it perfect timing by an ambitious chairman who harbours hopes of taking the town’s football club into the Football League?
The decision to relieve Setchell of his duties wasn’t taken lightly. It was one which pained the chairman and also the former manager himself.
When Setchell took his second major job in football management, David Cameron was in his third year in office as Prime Minister and Lady Gaga had been just been ousted from the top of the charts with Bad Romance.
Much has changed since that day in January 2010, when the rookie boss took charge of his beloved hometown club.
He led the club from the deepest depths of the non-league game to successive promotions, while enjoying excellent cup runs in the FA Cup, FA Vase and FA Trophy during his seven-year tenure at The Walks.
One thing Setchell didn’t have with the Linnets is a Bad Romance. He wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but he gave his all for the cause at The Walks.
His sacking will hurt, but there is no doubting that Setchell will bounce back with another club.
What’s important now is that all football fans in the town back the club’s next appointment.
Whether they agree, or disagree, with chairman Stephen Cleeve’s decision, it is imperative that everyone gets behind the club to take it forward, and hopefully, onto the next level of the footballing ladder.
Lynn’s chairman now gets the opportunity to bring in his own man with fresh ideas.
Fans will need to remain patient and allow the new manager time to settle in.
Stability is important in football, as it has proved at King’s Lynn Town over the past seven years.