Kemp quits as Christchurch manager

GRAHAM Kemp – the most successful manager in Christchurch’s history – has tonight resigned his post after taking the Wessex Premier outfit “as far as I could”, the Daily Echo can exclusively reveal.

Kemp, who took the reins at Hurn Bridge in April 2007, broke the news to his players following Priory's ill-deserved 3-1 defeat against leaders Downton at Wick Lane.

Assistant John Macey and coach Jim Totczyk are also expected to quit, although the trio have agreed to hold the fort until a suitable successor to Kemp has been appointed.

Kemp last season guided Priory to third place in Wessex Premier – their highest finishing position – and led the club to two cup finals, winning the League Cup and losing narrowly to Bemerton in the Russell-Cotes.

The 47-year-old, who also took Christchurch to the last 32 of the FA Vase in 2008-09, says he has no other job in the pipeline and plans to take a short break from the game. Kemp told the Daily Echo: “With the backing of a very supportive committee, the management team has taken the club to a new level and, realistically, we have probably gone as far as we can.

“To finish third and reach two cup finals last season was an exceptional achievement. Although we wanted to push on, the realisation is that it is probably not going to be possible.

“It is going to be very difficult to progress any further due to the financial restraints. The club is run properly, it has a true amateur status and has continued to compete with and upstage some big-spenders at this level. We don’t pay any of our players and I haven’t claimed a penny in expenses since I have been here.

“It has been an amazing five-and-a half years but all good things come to an end. We will stay on until the club finds someone to take over or until they ask us to go.

“John Macey, Jim Totczyk and me have been appreciative of the chance Christchurch gave us and I know they have appreciated what we have done for the club. We will shake hands with everybody when we go and it will be an amicable parting.”

During his tenure, Kemp nurtured the talents of Michael Green and Ben Dickenson who went on to sign professional contracts with Port Vale and Brighton, respectively, while current player Harry Cornick is attracting interest from a host of clubs.

Kemp added: “The policy is to promote young players and it is bearing fruit. A number of other players have gone on to perform at a higher level and that is pleasing to see. But like any other ambitious person, I would still like to be managing those players.

“It is frustrating for me and I know it is frustrating for the club. But unless you are prepared to go down the route of paying players and putting them on contracts, it is always going to be very difficult to keep them.

“I have been associated with the Wessex League for 20 years and have never really had the chance to watch games and relax. I am going to spend the next few months recharging my batteries. If it is good enough for Pep Guardiola, it is good enough for me!”

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12:07pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Ste-V-e says...

A royal shame this, although understandable. Kemp has worked wonders at Christchurch but no amateur club is going to make step four & the southern league! Yet I don't see why Christchurch aren't in a position to have a semi-pro club, and indeed much smaller clubs with smaller catchment areas do. Bashley is a case in point, a small village in the new forest!
A royal shame this, although understandable. Kemp has worked wonders at Christchurch but no amateur club is going to make step four & the southern league! Yet I don't see why Christchurch aren't in a position to have a semi-pro club, and indeed much smaller clubs with smaller catchment areas do. Bashley is a case in point, a small village in the new forest! Ste-V-e
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3:28pm Wed 19 Dec 12

tricky1007 says...

Do not believe all you read that management and players do not get any money! Whether its from sponsorship or other means they are paid, so where is Kemp going now? my bet is Winchester or Sholing!
Do not believe all you read that management and players do not get any money! Whether its from sponsorship or other means they are paid, so where is Kemp going now? my bet is Winchester or Sholing! tricky1007
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4:34pm Wed 19 Dec 12

tony.b says...

Is that so Tricky107? I suggest you take your claims/proof of payments to the Inland revenue.
Is that so Tricky107? I suggest you take your claims/proof of payments to the Inland revenue. tony.b
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4:50pm Wed 19 Dec 12

tricky1007 says...

as i know a few players who have been there over the years, and know they get paid, dont understand why they try to claim Christchurch are not a playing club!! Or maybe Christchurch dont pay and sponsors do!!!
as i know a few players who have been there over the years, and know they get paid, dont understand why they try to claim Christchurch are not a playing club!! Or maybe Christchurch dont pay and sponsors do!!! tricky1007
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6:11pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Tanker69 says...

tricky1007 wrote:
as i know a few players who have been there over the years, and know they get paid, dont understand why they try to claim Christchurch are not a playing club!! Or maybe Christchurch dont pay and sponsors do!!!
You may know a few players, but as a close friend to all the players i promise you sir, no player is paid in any way by any person that is associated with the club. So before you start making these outrages claims I suggest you check your facts sir!
[quote][p][bold]tricky1007[/bold] wrote: as i know a few players who have been there over the years, and know they get paid, dont understand why they try to claim Christchurch are not a playing club!! Or maybe Christchurch dont pay and sponsors do!!![/p][/quote]You may know a few players, but as a close friend to all the players i promise you sir, no player is paid in any way by any person that is associated with the club. So before you start making these outrages claims I suggest you check your facts sir! Tanker69
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6:11pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Tanker69 says...

outrageous*
outrageous* Tanker69
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6:44pm Wed 19 Dec 12

tricky1007 says...

might need to have a word with your players then, as they are all obviously telling lies
might need to have a word with your players then, as they are all obviously telling lies tricky1007
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6:46pm Wed 19 Dec 12

tricky1007 says...

Tanker69 wrote:
tricky1007 wrote:
as i know a few players who have been there over the years, and know they get paid, dont understand why they try to claim Christchurch are not a playing club!! Or maybe Christchurch dont pay and sponsors do!!!
You may know a few players, but as a close friend to all the players i promise you sir, no player is paid in any way by any person that is associated with the club. So before you start making these outrages claims I suggest you check your facts sir!
so are you saying that no player picks up any money playing for Christchurch? Whether associated with the club or not! You can definately say no player gets any money?!
[quote][p][bold]Tanker69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tricky1007[/bold] wrote: as i know a few players who have been there over the years, and know they get paid, dont understand why they try to claim Christchurch are not a playing club!! Or maybe Christchurch dont pay and sponsors do!!![/p][/quote]You may know a few players, but as a close friend to all the players i promise you sir, no player is paid in any way by any person that is associated with the club. So before you start making these outrages claims I suggest you check your facts sir![/p][/quote]so are you saying that no player picks up any money playing for Christchurch? Whether associated with the club or not! You can definately say no player gets any money?! tricky1007
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11:23pm Wed 19 Dec 12

gameon says...

Mickey Mouse club Mickey Mouse Manager never one anything never will its all run as a friendly cosy club for mates. Its true they pay nowt and you get nothing if you pay nothing Kemps obviously had a better offer coming out with all this crap about tired and the qoute at the end referring to Guardiola That sums Kemp up an ego tripping nobody how dare he associate himself name dropping with a man at the very top of his Proffession. The best Manager they have ever had was ROY GATER didnt put up with ego trippers or as Roy would say "Thee Great Jesses" you never heard him name dropping or talking like a premier league manager. Kemps all mouth same as he was when he played for Lymington. .
Mickey Mouse club Mickey Mouse Manager never one anything never will its all run as a friendly cosy club for mates. Its true they pay nowt and you get nothing if you pay nothing Kemps obviously had a better offer coming out with all this crap about tired and the qoute at the end referring to Guardiola That sums Kemp up an ego tripping nobody how dare he associate himself name dropping with a man at the very top of his Proffession. The best Manager they have ever had was ROY GATER didnt put up with ego trippers or as Roy would say "Thee Great Jesses" you never heard him name dropping or talking like a premier league manager. Kemps all mouth same as he was when he played for Lymington. . gameon
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8:09am Thu 20 Dec 12

tricky1007 says...

Bit harsh, i think Kempy has done a good job, won a trophy last year so i think your won nothing comment is a bit wrong! Highest ever finish as well so he has done a good job, and knowing him as i do i am sure it was very much tongue in cheek!!
Bit harsh, i think Kempy has done a good job, won a trophy last year so i think your won nothing comment is a bit wrong! Highest ever finish as well so he has done a good job, and knowing him as i do i am sure it was very much tongue in cheek!! tricky1007
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6:11pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Tanker69 says...

tricky1007 wrote:
Tanker69 wrote:
tricky1007 wrote:
as i know a few players who have been there over the years, and know they get paid, dont understand why they try to claim Christchurch are not a playing club!! Or maybe Christchurch dont pay and sponsors do!!!
You may know a few players, but as a close friend to all the players i promise you sir, no player is paid in any way by any person that is associated with the club. So before you start making these outrages claims I suggest you check your facts sir!
so are you saying that no player picks up any money playing for Christchurch? Whether associated with the club or not! You can definately say no player gets any money?!
I can guarantee that no player under christchurch picks up any money at all!! If you had any idea of how our club is run then you would agree how well out club is run, and lads play for our club because they want to not because of brown envelopes.
[quote][p][bold]tricky1007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tanker69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tricky1007[/bold] wrote: as i know a few players who have been there over the years, and know they get paid, dont understand why they try to claim Christchurch are not a playing club!! Or maybe Christchurch dont pay and sponsors do!!![/p][/quote]You may know a few players, but as a close friend to all the players i promise you sir, no player is paid in any way by any person that is associated with the club. So before you start making these outrages claims I suggest you check your facts sir![/p][/quote]so are you saying that no player picks up any money playing for Christchurch? Whether associated with the club or not! You can definately say no player gets any money?![/p][/quote]I can guarantee that no player under christchurch picks up any money at all!! If you had any idea of how our club is run then you would agree how well out club is run, and lads play for our club because they want to not because of brown envelopes. Tanker69
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6:13pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Tanker69 says...

gameon wrote:
Mickey Mouse club Mickey Mouse Manager never one anything never will its all run as a friendly cosy club for mates. Its true they pay nowt and you get nothing if you pay nothing Kemps obviously had a better offer coming out with all this crap about tired and the qoute at the end referring to Guardiola That sums Kemp up an ego tripping nobody how dare he associate himself name dropping with a man at the very top of his Proffession. The best Manager they have ever had was ROY GATER didnt put up with ego trippers or as Roy would say "Thee Great Jesses" you never heard him name dropping or talking like a premier league manager. Kemps all mouth same as he was when he played for Lymington. .
As for your mickey mouse comment you are truely out of order! Who do you support the likes of poole town? whos supporters turn on their own players when they are loosing... Micky mouse club i think not!!
[quote][p][bold]gameon[/bold] wrote: Mickey Mouse club Mickey Mouse Manager never one anything never will its all run as a friendly cosy club for mates. Its true they pay nowt and you get nothing if you pay nothing Kemps obviously had a better offer coming out with all this crap about tired and the qoute at the end referring to Guardiola That sums Kemp up an ego tripping nobody how dare he associate himself name dropping with a man at the very top of his Proffession. The best Manager they have ever had was ROY GATER didnt put up with ego trippers or as Roy would say "Thee Great Jesses" you never heard him name dropping or talking like a premier league manager. Kemps all mouth same as he was when he played for Lymington. .[/p][/quote]As for your mickey mouse comment you are truely out of order! Who do you support the likes of poole town? whos supporters turn on their own players when they are loosing... Micky mouse club i think not!! Tanker69
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1:34pm Fri 21 Dec 12

dorsetyellow says...

When did Poole Town Supporters turn on the players?

Best supported and most loyal in the area, travelling to support their team up and down the country. One even took a £40 taxi to catch up with the supporters coach he missed last Sat, rather than miss the game.

Keep Poole Town out of this argument. We are literally in another league. We do pay our players, but only what we can self finance and we appear to get very good value for money and pretty good success.
When did Poole Town Supporters turn on the players? Best supported and most loyal in the area, travelling to support their team up and down the country. One even took a £40 taxi to catch up with the supporters coach he missed last Sat, rather than miss the game. Keep Poole Town out of this argument. We are literally in another league. We do pay our players, but only what we can self finance and we appear to get very good value for money and pretty good success. dorsetyellow
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2:01pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Tanker69 says...

dorsetyellow wrote:
When did Poole Town Supporters turn on the players?

Best supported and most loyal in the area, travelling to support their team up and down the country. One even took a £40 taxi to catch up with the supporters coach he missed last Sat, rather than miss the game.

Keep Poole Town out of this argument. We are literally in another league. We do pay our players, but only what we can self finance and we appear to get very good value for money and pretty good success.
Know one can disagree at how well poole town are doing but again being with a few poole town player current and ex they tell me that they get abuse when they loose. Good supporters only when they are winning!
[quote][p][bold]dorsetyellow[/bold] wrote: When did Poole Town Supporters turn on the players? Best supported and most loyal in the area, travelling to support their team up and down the country. One even took a £40 taxi to catch up with the supporters coach he missed last Sat, rather than miss the game. Keep Poole Town out of this argument. We are literally in another league. We do pay our players, but only what we can self finance and we appear to get very good value for money and pretty good success.[/p][/quote]Know one can disagree at how well poole town are doing but again being with a few poole town player current and ex they tell me that they get abuse when they loose. Good supporters only when they are winning! Tanker69
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2:58pm Fri 21 Dec 12

dorsetyellow says...

That's why they don't lose much then.

Great relationship between fans and players at PTFC. You will always get the odd moaning Minnie at ANY club, but the majority are supportive and returned, more vocal and more supportive, even after 0-5, 0-4 and 0-3 defeats this season.
That's why they don't lose much then. Great relationship between fans and players at PTFC. You will always get the odd moaning Minnie at ANY club, but the majority are supportive and returned, more vocal and more supportive, even after 0-5, 0-4 and 0-3 defeats this season. dorsetyellow
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