Football manager denies theft allegations
PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 May 2012
THE former manager of a village football team has vowed to clear his name over allegations that he took money from the club.
Gregg Dover resigned as first team manager of Winscombe AFC two weeks after he was accused of stealing money from the club.
But he has fiercely denied the claims, describing them as ‘outrageous’ and insists that he has always had the best interests of the club at heart.
The first team has suffered two successive relegations, and the club says this was also an important factor in Mr Dover’s decision to leave the club.
The allegations, which claim the manager took club and charity funds for himself, first surfaced two weeks ago.
Following the team’s relegation, Mr Dover met with other senior club figures and members of the first team on May 3.
After that meeting, he told chairman Andy Flint and management committee member Andy Hall that he would step down from his role.
Mr Dover, who has been manager for the past four years, said: “I had just decided, with the allegations that were made against me and with what had happened with the first team, that I had had enough.
“This is just gossip, people are putting two and two together and getting five. I have always worked my gut off to do well for the club.
“I’m absolutely devastated by the accusations and that’s one of the reasons why I said that I had had enough and wanted to leave the club.
“What is being said is absolutely outrageous to be honest, I have been involved in the football club for 15 years as a player and then as manager, and then to be accused of what I have heard is just ridiculous.”
A statement from the club read: “As only one of ten amateur football clubs in the County to be awarded the highly prestigious community award we take all issues extremely seriously.
“It is true to say that allegations have been made against Mr Dover which are yet unfounded as the club is in the middle of a thorough investigation.
“Further, we confirm that Mr Dover resigned two weeks ago in light of two poor seasons which has seen the first team drop two divisions.
“In addition to relegation, team discipline is not at an acceptable level for a club of this standing.
“Therefore in light of this, and indeed the allegations, Mr Dover is presently suspended from the club which will be looking to resolve all issues before the end of the month.
“In the interim we are pleased to say the club is in a very strong position throughout and interviews for the 1st team managers position will be held this week.”
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