Royals part company with Neil Tooth
Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club have announced that first team manager Neil Tooth has been relieved of his duties.
In a statement posted on their website the club said:
“It is with sadness that the football club announce that manager Neil Tooth has been relieved of his first team duties with immediate effect.
After a very disappointing start to this season’s campaign, the board of directors felt that a change of leadership was necessary to give the club the best chance of maintaining it’s step 3 status.
The club would like to place on record very sincere thanks to Neil for all that he has achieved for the club during his management.”
While the club has been struggling this season, sitting in 21st place of the Evo-Stik Premier Division with just three league wins from 19, there is no doubt that ‘Toothy’ has been an incredibly popular manager who has brought success to a club and that he leaves it in a better position than when he started.
In response to the decision Neil commented:
“I received a phone call last night to inform me that I was being relieved of my duties as 1st team manager of Sutton Coldfield Town Fc. This came as a total shock to me as only two weeks ago I sat down with the Chairman and General Secretary and offered to stand aside to be told that they did not want anyone else in charge and that they backed me to get the side away from the relegation troubles. To say I’m gutted would be an understatement as I have given the football club my everything in the 7 years I’ve been involved as both assistant manager and then as manager but I totally understand that we are in a results business and this season although I believe we were beginning to turn a corner the results have not been there. It was always going to be hard to replicate the success of last season but the remit given to me at the start of the season was to stay in the league and I truly believe we would have done that. Iv always said you need luck to be successful and this season we have had none. Those that know me will know that I do not hide behind budgets or give excuses but we have had shocking luck with injuries to our better players and the fixture list has not been kind either with us having played all of the top eight sides and played two of the top four twice. The players at the club are quality and I’m sure they will turn their fortunes around and climb the league very soon.
“The messages of support I have received have been unbelievable and id like to thank all those who have taken the time to send their best wishes. Iv met some fantastic people in my time at the club and iv been lucky enough to work with some amazing players but my staff have been top draw through the years and id like to thank Andrew Ling and Royston Richardson who have been there with me from day 1. Id also like to thank Phil Male, Carlos De Azevedo, Daryl Taylor and Ross Thorpe for being my assistants and Laura Welford, Scott Alexander and his lads, Georgia Samaroo, Peter Nelson, Kieran Caufield, Matt Ford and Dave Driver for all their efforts during their time with the club. Id like to thank Nick, Neil and the committee for giving me the opportunity to manage such a fantastic club and especially Bill Worship who has had his work cut out as the match day secretary. I’m disappointed that it ended with a phone call rather than a handshake but that’s probably more down to my personality as being someone who has never been shy when it comes to difficult situations. My final thanks is to the supporters who I have got to know very well over the years. You are a special breed and as with all non league fans around the country you care and that is what made it worth while for me. The Ultras are the best out their and ill look forward to joining them at some games in the future
“I truly wish everyone involved with Sutton Coldfield Town Fc all the very best for the future. I can hold my head high that I leave the club in a far better position than when I took over and ill always be proud of what we achieved in my time in charge. My time now will be spent with Natasha and Samuel who have sacrificed so much over the years for me to be able work in football.”
We would like to join the many fans who have responded with support for Neil Tooth through social media and wish him well for the future and thank him for what he has brought to The Royals over the past seven years.