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Newing Departs Enfield Town

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Steve Newing has been sacked as manager of Ryman League Premier Division club Enfield Town following their….

….recent poor run of results.

The Board of Directors decided to part company with Newing and his assistant Jason Dale in the wake of Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Wingate & Finchley – a result which extended their winless streak in the league to nine matches and leaves them three points adrift of safety.

Chairman Paul Millington said: “No-one has tried harder than Steve over the last few weeks to try and improve our results. Sadly it has not worked out but we have a great deal to thank Steve and Jason for over the past five seasons.

“What they achieved on limited resources at a time when the club was having to financially concentrate on a new stadium was something to be proud of. The club wishes them the very best for the future.”

Newing said: “I received a phone call from the chairman Paul Millington to advise me that the Board had decided it was time for a change of management.

“Was I surprised? If I am honest, probably not, given our recent run of results and in particular the nature of the last two performances against Grays Athletic and Wingate & Finchley. I was convinced that as before when we have had a bad run of form that I would turn things around. However, the Board have made their decision and we will never know.

“I was appointed back in May 2009, knowing that my joint-manager at the time Del Deanus would stay involved as long as possible. Del managed to see the season out and that was the start of building the platform to where Enfield Town FC is now. The club had finished the previous two seasons languishing as a mid-table Step 4 side in the Ryman Division One North, with players coming and going on a whim. The club had lost its spirit and connection with the fans from what I could see. My first task was to get that spirit back and we could build from this base.

“I think that my record over the first four seasons speaks for itself. All expectations were exceeded when we reached the play-off final after finishing fourth in the first season. The second season we finished sixth, missing out on the play-offs by one point but took the club the furthest in both the FA Trophy and FA Cup in its short history.

“Of course then there was the memorable season when we moved into the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium , achieved a second-place finish in the league – missing out on the title by a point – but promotion was achieved through the play-offs to the Ryman Premier. We then met the aim of all connected with the club by maintaining our Ryman Premier status on limited resources with a sixteenth place finish on our debut season.

“This season things haven’t progressed as anticipated and after a reasonable opening month to the campaign, a points haul of ten from seven games which is lower to mid-table form, we have seen both points and performances drop away since.

“Some have told me prior to and since the news broke that some of the players have let me down, well I will let others pass comment on that, I know ultimately they are the players I select so if they have or they haven’t, it is irrelevant, the buck stops with me.

“I will leave Enfield Town FC not as I would have liked, but in the knowledge that I have helped the club progress to where it is today. I have had nearly four and a half years with the club being part of my life and it won’t quite be the same without it. However, losing your job is part and parcel of football management and comes with the territory. I would like to think that during my tenure I have managed to help provide, along with the players, more happy memories than sad.

“I have made many new friends in my time at the club and they are things that cannot be replaced. Getting to know the likes of Roger and Paul Reed, Paul Millington, and Keith Wortley and to see how much time they put in has been a pleasure. The Board have done their best to provide me with as much in the way of finance as is possible to help improve the quality in the squad and each season there has been a little bit more. Ryman Premier football however is a different animal to playing at Step 4 and like at all levels of football, in general with the odd exception money talks.

“The supporters have been great and even in the last couple of months during our bad run of form have been no different to during the good times.

“I leave in my opinion with my head held high and being the manager who led the club to the Ryman Premier. No one can take that away from me and I am proud to be a part of the history of the club.”

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