Shone parts company with Flackwell Heath after disagreement with chairman Glynn

FLACKWELL Heath chairman Terry Glynn has admitted he and Paul Shone didn’t see eye to eye on ‘football related matters’ after relieving him of the manager’s post last week.

Shone parted company with the club after 18 months in charge on Thursday morning, the day before Flackwell’s 1-1 draw at Binfield.

Glynn has admitted the decision had nothing to do with results, with the club sitting second in the table and level with Bracknell Town when Shone was let go, but rather a disagreement he’d had with the former manager about football matters.

“We didn’t see eye to eye on a few things,” said Glynn.

“We have advertised the job and are waiting for applicants to come in. Sean (Kelleher) will continue as manager in a caretaker capacity with help from myself.

“It (the disagreement) was to do with football matters, nothing to do with results. It was just to do with a few things that had happened which we weren’t very happy with as a club so we’ve parted company.”

Shone was serving a three match pitch-side ban for arguing with an official ahead of his dismissal as head coach last week, but Glynn insisted that had no bearing on the decision to relieve him of his duties. He added that Shone agreed it was time for a change in light of the disagreement but said it was the club’s decision to let him go.

“It just wasn’t working out and we’ve decided to part company,” he added. “That (the touchline ban) had no bearing. We were second in the league and everything was going not too badly.

“We were quite happy with that, but then we had a few issues and it was decided it was best that he part company with us.

“Things happen in football. I’m not going to comment on our disagreement but we both decided it was time for a change. It was the club’s decision and we hope to have a new manager in the next 10/14 days.”

With Kelleher taking the reins in the short term, Glynn hopes the club can ride out

the present upheaval and maintain their promotion challenge.

He said: “We’re now looking to the future and to build on the good work done by Graham (Malcolm) and himself. We want to thank him for that and the work he’s done over the last 18 months.

“All the players have agreed to stay on. No players have left. We’re keen to keep things ticking over and want to push for promotion.

“Hopefully the manager who comes in will have the mindset of wanting to go for promotion too. That’s what we’re aiming for till the end of the season. Everything is in place at this club and it’s a great opportunity for whoever comes in to take us to the next level.”

Kelleher refused to comment on the reasons for Shone’s departure and although he’s happy to take the club on in the short-term, he’s ruled himself out of the running for the position.

“Myself, I have stayed on and I’m happy to be caretaker manager.

“He is happy for me to have a crack at it for the time being and we’re not that far away. It’s not like we’ve become a bad side overnight and the team spirit is still good. We’ll still be having a right go at promotion.”


Flackwell Heath also learnt of the passing of club stalwart Ian Hansford this week.

Ian, who has died after an eight month battle with pancreatic cancer, served the club for 25 years.

A club statement said: “Ian was known to players and officials for the great way he looked after them before, during and at the end of matches.

He was an important part of the club. He will be greatly missed.”

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