Tudors adjusting to life after Payne

Colin Payne.
Colin Payne.

HEMEL Hempstead Town are currently on the hunt for a new first team manager after Colin Payne’s decision to quit the club.

The Tudors have been struggling for form this season and currently lie rock bottom of the Evo-Stick League Southern Premier Division – having claimed just six points from their opening ten league games.

Payne took over at Vauxhall Road at the start of last season and his last match in charge of the side was a 4-1 defeat at Chippenham Town on Saturday.

And Payne said he felt his position at the club was no longer tenable following a meeting with senior Hemel officials.

“We had a chat and I didn’t think there was a confidence there,” he said. “They were worried about being dragged into a relegation fight. It would have been very difficult for me to stay.

“Relations became a little bit strained – but that’s what happens when you pick up poor results.

“I had a few hurdles put in my way which needn’t have been and some of the players didn’t do the business, but I feel I’ve left the club in a healthy place.

“I wish everyone at the club all the best but I could have done with a bit more confidence and understanding. Dave (Boggins) is a good guy and there are no hard feelings there.”

The club is now inviting candidates to apply for the position of manager, in a bid to stabilise their position in the league and stave off the threat of relegation.

Hemel Town chairman Dave Boggins thanked Payne for his time at the club, but felt that his decision to move on was in the best interests of all parties involved.

“It was a very brave decision,” said Boggins. “He was concerned about the results and his ability to attract the right calibre of player to the club.

“He felt that if he made the decision early on, it was best for the club.”

“Colin has done the best job that he could, and he was good for the club both on and off the pitch.

“But now it’s time to move on and maybe look at bringing in someone with a bit more experience.”

Boggins said that the club may be forced to put a senior player in charge of the Hemel team for their FA Cup second qualifying round tie at Lowestoft Town on Saturday, but expects to have a permanent manager at the helm by the time they take on Chesham United in the league – on Saturday, September 8.

“We’ve had a number of applications already, including some very exciting ones,” said Boggins.

Any managers interested in applying for the manager’s role should submit their applications and/or queries to football secretary Dean Chance by emailing the club at info@hemelfc.com.

Applicants are required to possess a sound knowledge of non-league football management.