The Ryman Football League
Published 10th May 2012
....Flanagan’s decision to step down, despite reviving the club after taking over last November.
After a meeting with club chairman Ed Garty the former Charlton Athletic striker decided against making his role permanent for next season.
It’s understood that Flanagan wanted an increase in his playing budget to bring in players to strengthen the side for a concerted push for promotion next season.
But the club intends to run the budget the same as this last season and Flanagan said: “I thought about it but in the end decided not take the job but it was a hard decision.
“I want to bring in three or four new players but that means I would have had to release players I didn’t want to,” he said. “I think with the extra players coming in we could make a real go at making at least the play-offs.”
Flanagan admitted that he didn’t think a push for promotion would be possible losing existing players to make room for new ones coming in and he was disappointed not to carry on with the job he started.
After Flanagan had come in last November, taking over from joint bosses Glen Knight and Brad King, he improved the side and managed to push them up away from the relegation zone.
He was hoping to now build further on that progress but with a lack of extra money in the budget he felt he was unable to commit himself for next season.