NON-LEAGUE: Tigers accuse sacked manager of putting the club in financial jeopardy

Former Holbeach manager Darren Jarvis.
Former Holbeach manager Darren Jarvis.
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Holbeach United FC have accused axed manager Darren Jarvis of ‘putting the club at risk’ by spending more than the agreed playing budget.

Jarvis has yet to respond officially to the club’s claims, but he has used social media to say the official Holbeach statement contained ‘many mistruths’

The dismissal of Jarvis on Wednesday (December 9) came as a shock as 24 hours earlier he’d steered Holbeach to second place in the United Counties Premier Division with a 3-1 derby win at Deeping. The Tigers are also through to the quarter-finals of the League Cup and enjoyed a splendid FA Cup run.

A statement released by Holbeach today (December 11) read: “On Wednesday night a committee decision was made to release Darren Jarvis from his managerial position at the club.

“The decision was not an easy one, given the club’s very good league position and upcoming quarter final in the League Cup.

“The decision was made not for footballing reason, but for financial reasons as will be explained.

“The club will always put the financial stability in front of any league title or cup, as the committee have never put any pressure on any managers as regards to success (league titles, etc) apart from keeping the club – at the very least – at its current Step 5 status.

“This factor was being brought to a head as the manager, in the past number of weeks, seemed to increase the budget beyond its agreed level.

“Despite several reminders of his need to bring this back down, it was clear to the club that this didn’t look like it was being corrected and made the club question its trust in the manager.

“Further discussions were held with the manager to address this problem and once again it was felt that it wasn’t being dealt with.

“After the Tuesday night game against Deeping Rangers the chairman (Dave Dougill) made contact with the manager regarding a potential meeting to address this matter, as it was feared the club’s future financial stability was in doubt.

“This was declined, which left the club with no option but to release Darren from his role as first team manager.

“We would like to put on record that we appreciate the on-field results from Darren but, as always, the club’s financial well-being will be our main priority.

“At this time the club have appointed Tom Roberts and Andrew Tidswell in joint caretaker manager roles for the upcoming fixtures, so the committee can make a decision on the future managerial appointment.

“We would like to thank the club’s supporters and followers for their support so far this season and hope they understand the decision the club has had to make was not easy, but right for the club.”

Jarvis was manager of Holbeach for just seven months. He was also sacked from his previous post at Peterborough Northern Star after appearing to be overseeing a successful campaign.

Roberts and Tidswell will be in charge for tomorrow’s Premier Division game at Kirby Muxloe.