Ridgeons Football League
Published 29th June 2012
It is particularly disappointing for the club that Maher has decided to stand down after achieving all his goals for the past season which concluded with the valiant effort at Portman Road in the Suffolk Senior Cup final in May.
A statement from the club reads: “The directors and all involved with the club wish Jason a happy and successful future both personally and in sport. It goes without saying that there will always be a warm welcome for him at Stoneylands in the future.” On his departure, Maher said: "This has without doubt been the most difficult decision that I have ever faced in football and one that resulted in much heartache and soul searching. Having to break the news to Alf was the most emotional thing I have ever done in football.
“I genuinely think this is in the best interests of all concerned and one that I hope everyone will understand in time. My time leading this club was a proud period in my life and the Senior Cup final is a night that I will never forget.
“Sometimes as manager I made decisions that not everyone agreed with but I genuinely did what I felt was best for the club. I want to thank everyone connected with the club and wish you all the best for the future as individuals and people.
“The club’s off-the-field problems have not been resolved, which meant I would have had virtually no budget for next season. I was prepared to carry on, but there were things happening in the background and I didn’t like the direction we were going in.
“It certainly never crossed my mind that the final at Portman Road would be my last game in charge. I would like to think the team is in better shape than when I took over. If things change and the club is in a better state I would like to go back there one day - it is a club which is very dear to me.”