Bournemouth EchoOutgoing Verwood boss Arnold admits: 'My spark had gone' (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Outgoing Verwood boss Arnold admits: 'My spark had gone'

Bournemouth Echo: QUIT: Manager Adie Arnold has left Verwood Town QUIT: Manager Adie Arnold has left Verwood Town

MANAGER Adie Arnold revealed the departure of two senior players had prompted his decision to quit Verwood Town.

The long-serving boss ended his successful eight-and-a-half year stint at Potterne Park after Nathan Saxby bagged a hat-trick in a 3-0 triumph at Downton which all-but ensured Wessex League Premier Division safety.

Arnold’s departure came nine days after he admitted to considering his future having become frustrated at working without a budget.

Matters came to a head when former Cherries apprentice Matt Oldring switched to Southern League strugglers Guildford City and Ben Kelly joined league rivals Blackfield & Langley following talks with Potters chairman Steve Jefferis.

Speculation was rife that Arnold would leave at the end of the season, but after seemingly securing survival, the man who led Verwood to the highest level in their history felt it was the right time to stand aside.

“It was a sad day,” said Arnold. “I had been at Verwood a long time and the club is in my blood but I didn’t feel like I could take them any further.

“The final straw came when we met with the chairman and he said there would be no change with the budget situation next season so two of our key players felt they had to move on.

“That was hard to take for me and I felt it sent out the wrong message to our players and any we might have wanted to attract to the club.

“I have felt let down on a few occasions this season because I wanted to push on but as it turned out I had to fight just to keep what I had.

“When you don’t pay, you rely on making sure the players are looked after with things like tracksuits, kit and training facilities to sell yourselves. We turned up at Winchester the other week and half the lads didn’t have a tracksuit which sent out entirely the wrong message.

“I had been trying to bring money into the club so it knocked the stuffing out of me when I was told there wouldn’t be anything again.

“My spark had gone. I couldn’t motivate myself and it didn’t feel right carrying on like that. It wouldn’t have been fair to the players or the club.”

Arnold’s assistant Andy Darnton has also left the club with coach Danny Saxby set to take charge of Tuesday’s trip to Hamworthy United on a one-off basis while Jefferis seeks an interim manager.

Jefferis added: “We were disappointed to lose Adie but it was all very amicable and we wish him all the best.

“He has always been Mr Verwood and will hold a special place in all our hearts for what he has achieved. We know he is ambitious and wants to go higher than we can go at the moment.”

Potters: Lynch, Evans, Hill, Elsom, Molyneaux, Dyer, Gajic, N Saxby, Haskell (B Satterley, 82), Lovell (M Speechley-Price 70), L Speechley-Price (Foster, 76). Unused Sub: Hampton-Brown.

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3:10pm Sun 23 Mar 14

abc100 says...

Christchurch it is then !!!!!
Christchurch it is then !!!!! abc100
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4:41pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Ham United For The Title says...

Will be interesting to see if he goes there because he wants a budget to work with and Christchurch dont give the players any money.... Cough Cough!! Best thing for Verwood, genuinely nice club which deserves a manager who does not slag off the committee during a season. Any manager worth his salt would get to the end of the season and say thank you but time for me to move on, rather than slate all the hard work being done. Seems he has a team of mercenaries who as soon as a few pennies were dangled were off, so does not say much for what he could offer another club
Will be interesting to see if he goes there because he wants a budget to work with and Christchurch dont give the players any money.... Cough Cough!! Best thing for Verwood, genuinely nice club which deserves a manager who does not slag off the committee during a season. Any manager worth his salt would get to the end of the season and say thank you but time for me to move on, rather than slate all the hard work being done. Seems he has a team of mercenaries who as soon as a few pennies were dangled were off, so does not say much for what he could offer another club Ham United For The Title
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10:30am Mon 24 Mar 14

Tanker69 says...

Adie Arnold will not be at Christchurch this season, next season or any other season. We fundamentally do not pay players, you can see this by the players that left when Kempy left. Mr Ham united why don't you go and ask kempy face to face if he or any other player was payed when he was at Christchurch, we do not have a budget at Christchurch and if you think we do then you are very very deluded.
Adie was offered the job and he turned it down that is the case closed.
Adie Arnold will not be at Christchurch this season, next season or any other season. We fundamentally do not pay players, you can see this by the players that left when Kempy left. Mr Ham united why don't you go and ask kempy face to face if he or any other player was payed when he was at Christchurch, we do not have a budget at Christchurch and if you think we do then you are very very deluded. Adie was offered the job and he turned it down that is the case closed. Tanker69
  • Score: 5

12:17pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Name hider says...

You will no doubt find 'Ham UTD for the title' running a Mickey Mouse Dorset Senior side on a Sat afternoon and would not surprise me if this is just a name change from 'Tricky1007'.
Deluded he very much is!!!
You will no doubt find 'Ham UTD for the title' running a Mickey Mouse Dorset Senior side on a Sat afternoon and would not surprise me if this is just a name change from 'Tricky1007'. Deluded he very much is!!! Name hider
  • Score: 3

1:10pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Rich.stainer says...

Name hider wrote:
You will no doubt find 'Ham UTD for the title' running a Mickey Mouse Dorset Senior side on a Sat afternoon and would not surprise me if this is just a name change from 'Tricky1007'.
Deluded he very much is!!!
is this a pop at me? i am neither of the 2 you mention. I very rarely come on here to comment but had just been told this could be about me. My name is here for all to see. if you want my opinon i will gladly give it.
I think Adi has done a fantastic job at Verwood, and probably taken them as far as is possible with the facilities they currently have. i think its a bad way he has gone about leaving, with some of the comments coming out in the paper not the sort of thing any club should expect their manager to say, and i know i am one of many who feel the same way. Verwood is a well run club, and probably punching above their weight because of the hard work put in by a great committee. As for the tin pot club i manage, its been a hard season, but we are run very well, have a good team spirit, and play on one of the best pitches in the area. i will add i also offered Verwood reserves the use of some of my players earlier in the season when we had no game. If you want to have a pop be brave enough to put your name on here, and certainly dont start having a pop at me or the club i manage. This article is about Adi Arnold. i wish him all the best in whatever he does or whatever club he goes to, and i am sure verwood will find a suitable replacement.
[quote][p][bold]Name hider[/bold] wrote: You will no doubt find 'Ham UTD for the title' running a Mickey Mouse Dorset Senior side on a Sat afternoon and would not surprise me if this is just a name change from 'Tricky1007'. Deluded he very much is!!![/p][/quote]is this a pop at me? i am neither of the 2 you mention. I very rarely come on here to comment but had just been told this could be about me. My name is here for all to see. if you want my opinon i will gladly give it. I think Adi has done a fantastic job at Verwood, and probably taken them as far as is possible with the facilities they currently have. i think its a bad way he has gone about leaving, with some of the comments coming out in the paper not the sort of thing any club should expect their manager to say, and i know i am one of many who feel the same way. Verwood is a well run club, and probably punching above their weight because of the hard work put in by a great committee. As for the tin pot club i manage, its been a hard season, but we are run very well, have a good team spirit, and play on one of the best pitches in the area. i will add i also offered Verwood reserves the use of some of my players earlier in the season when we had no game. If you want to have a pop be brave enough to put your name on here, and certainly dont start having a pop at me or the club i manage. This article is about Adi Arnold. i wish him all the best in whatever he does or whatever club he goes to, and i am sure verwood will find a suitable replacement. Rich.stainer
  • Score: 7

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