Garrard To Go As Boreham Wood Make Big Decision

Boreham Wood say they have made a gut-wrenching decision to part company with long-serving manager Luke Garrard at the end of the season.

The club’s sixth straight defeat on Bank Holiday Monday at Southend United leaves the strugglers three points adrift of safety with four matches to go.

Garrard took over in 2015 and the 38-year-old is one of the most decorated managers in the club’s recent history.

Chairman Danny Hunter released an emotional statement and is thrilled his close friend will get the chance to say a proper goodbye.

He told the club’s website: “This announcement is made with a very heavy heart on my part, and because of Luke’s service I want his departure to be dignified, respectful and honest.

“That is very important because he should not be remembered for one disastrous season but for his volume of work over so many seasons.

“I remind those amongst us who think a manager should be sacked every time a club has a bad run, that if I adopted your policy Luke would have gone many times and because I was patient and he was supported, we created magic moments, and look over the years what we’ve achieved together.

“In the fullness of time, Luke will be remembered for how he kept us up in his early managerial tenure, for the play-off wins and for the day we took our town to Wembley and came so close to the EFL.”

He went on: “We’ve shared such special times with our town, like our big cup wins as underdogs when beating both Blackpool and Wimbledon. We’ve all shared those big play-off wins and experienced the pain of play-off defeats together.

“ And who can ever forget the pride we felt walking up Wembley Way and experiencing Wembley Stadium, the home of football.
“In mine and Luke’s tenure, we’ve shared so many incredible memories with you all including beating the likes of Bournemouth and going toe to toe with Everton for 60 minutes in the 5th Round of the FA Cup.

“So I do not want one disastrous season to define the most successful manager in our club’s history and I felt if we did not make this announcement now, Luke would depart our club at the end of the season like a thief in the night, with no thanks, no goodbyes, and without our real fans being able to say a true thank you for his hard work, honesty, friendship and care.”

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