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Gardiner Wanted to Go Full-Time

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Carl Heeley, manager of Vanarama National League North club Worcester City, has spoken for the first time publically about his assistant Matt Gardiner’s departure to former landlords Kidderminster Harriers.

Gardiner was appointed as number two to new Harriers` boss John Eustace earlier this week.

Heeley said: “After the last couple of seasons’ cup exploits, both Matt and I had decisions to make about our aspirations in the game. Whether we wanted to go full-time, or continue part-time. It’s a certainty that I won’t go full-time, but Matt has always made no secret of the fact he wanted to pursue a full-time career in football.

“The timing of Kidderminster’s approach wasn’t great from a Worcester City perspective, but they had to appease their own supporters under mounting pressure. I guess that’s just how they decided to deal with it. I’m disappointed but I’m not going to dwell on it.

“Matt has been an incredible asset for the football club. He worked extremely hard and is hugely meticulous with his planning. We’ve had some great times, great results and great experiences together at the helm of Worcester City and nobody can take that away from us. As players do, staff move on. We will always remain great friends.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to thank Matt for all of his hard work and I hope it all works out for him.”

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