Weston axe manager Craig Laird

PUBLISHED: 21:59 03 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:56 04 March 2014

Manager Craig Laird leaves after more than three-and-a-half years at the club.

Manager Craig Laird leaves after more than three-and-a-half years at the club.

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WESTON Football Club have sacked manager Craig Laird amid a row over finances and contracts.

The popular Scot was shown the door at the Woodspring Stadium today (Mon) with the club issuing a statement on their website.

It said: “It is with regret the board have had to part company with the manager Craig Laird.

“Whilst we would like to thank Craig for all of his hard work and success on the pitch, his decision not to sign a contract and commit his future to the club can’t be ignored any longer.

“In addition to this, his request for a further £42,000 increase to his budget, a £6,000 overspend on the agreed budget for this season and the fact that he has already received an increase of £27,000 since joining us, has left the board with no alternative than to part company.

Reaction on Twitter

Goalkeeper Lloyd Irish - “Shocking news coming from Weston-super-Mare fc tonight! 25 steps forward, 65 back! #craiglaird #topmanager #topbloke... I’m still in shock! I don’t get it at all. The club was going places.”

“The club cannot meet those financial demands and will continue to pursue Conference Premier Football within a responsible financial strategy.”

Laird told the Mercury earlier in the month he was ‘frustrated’ by financial constraints put on him as he did not have the funds to replace striker Tristan Plummer when he moved to Aldershot Town.

However Laird to put on record he understood chairman Paul Bliss’ motives to reduce spending.

And only last week did Laird say he would not be moving to Gloucester City after being linked with the Skrill North side’s vacant managerial position.

Laird left Bridgwater Town for the Seagulls nearly four years ago and has established the club in the upper echelons of the Skrill South.

Last season the Seagulls only missed out on a play-off spot in the final week of the season and are going strong in fifth this time around.

Laird’s final game in charge was a 3-1 defeat at promotion rivals Eastleigh on Saturday.

No announcement has been made regarding any temporary or permanent successor.

* For more reaction to Laird’s departure, see Thursday’s Mercury.

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