Sliding Stones Sack Boss Noble And Confirm Next Move

Wealdstone have rolled the dice to try and get themselves out of a sticky situation after parting company with new manager David Noble.

The former St Albans City manager, who left Clarence Park for the National League club, just over two months ago, replaced Notts County bound Stuart Maynard.

But things haven’t worked out and the club find themselves out of the bottom four on goal difference following Saturday’s chaotic 4-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Boreham Wood.

The club have taken the decision to make a change following their fourth defeat in a row with team coach Sam Cox stepping in to try and save them from the drop.

Wealdstone face Southend United at home on Tuesday before Thursday’s huge game with Dorking Wanderers, who are also fighting for their lives.

They said in a statement on Sunday: “Wealdstone Football Club can confirm that the contract of first team manager, David Noble, has been terminated with immediate effect. Assistant Manager Neil Banfield has also left the club.

“This reluctant decision is not one the board of directors has taken lightly. It regrettably comes after deep and thorough consideration and is made in what we believe to be the best interests of Wealdstone Football Club, particularly in our ongoing attempt to retain our National League status.

“We wish to acknowledge that both David and Neil are individuals of the highest calibre, possessing great knowledge and passion for the game.

“We have no doubt that, under different circumstances, their tenure with the club could have been met with the success we all strive for and had hoped for when making the appointments. Their professionalism, dedication, and commitment to the club has been evident throughout their time with us.

“We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to David and Neil for their hard work and dedication during their tenure at the club. We wish them both the very best in their future endeavors.”

They will not call in a firefighter and added: “With just five National League games remaining of the season, the board has concluded that an appointment from outside the club would be too disruptive at this critical juncture.

“Therefore, first team coach Sam Cox will assume the role of interim manager, supported by a small group of senior first-team players. This decision has been made to ensure continuity and stability within the squad as we navigate through the remaining fixtures of the season.”


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