Non-league: Michael Cuffie steps down as Christchurch boss

RESIGNED: Michael Cuffie has left Christchurch

RESIGNED: Michael Cuffie has left Christchurch

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

WESSEX Premier outfit Christchurch have reluctantly accepted Michael Cuffie’s resignation as first-team coach, confirmed chairman Mark Duffy.

Cuffie, who is recovering from major back surgery, has stepped down with immediate effect following a difficult 12 months in the Hurn Bridge hot-seat.

His tenure started badly when it emerged Cuffie had been under a Hampshire FA ban for non-payment of a fine incurred during a spell with former club Lymington Town.

Cuffie was also faced with a major rebuilding job after several players had followed predecessor Graham Kemp to Winchester City and a number of others had left.

Although Cuffie bullishly targeted the title during one of his first interviews, matching Kemp’s achievements at the club always looked likely to be a tall order.

And so it proved as Priory ended the campaign languishing in 16th – 13 places lower than the previous season and outside of the top seven for the first time in six years.

To compound the club’s woes, Christchurch lost their final two games 12-0 and 8-0, finishing both with just 10 men due to a dearth of available bodies. Cuffie had also been unable to make the trips to Newport and Sholing as he was having an operation to cure a long-standing back problem.

Chairman Duffy, who confirmed Cuffie’s assistant Bob Sullivan had also left, told the Daily Echo: “Michael did a very good job under very difficult circumstances. The players were together all season and the spirit was excellent.

“It was a struggle and he worked extremely hard behind the scenes and I have had a great relationship with him. It is a shame. Things were not helped by the fact we don’t pay but that is our policy.

“Michael and Bob both did a fantastic job. We are going to miss Michael’s happy-go-lucky style. He always has a smile on his face and always did his best for the club and the team. He understood what he was taking on and did it to the best of his ability.”

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2:51pm Tue 13 May 14

white 147 says...

Oh Dear
Oh Dear white 147
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2:55pm Tue 13 May 14

white 147 says...

Maybe the echo should look at the club as a whole. Well maybe the youth section.!!!
Maybe the echo should look at the club as a whole. Well maybe the youth section.!!! white 147
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4:16pm Tue 13 May 14

abc100 says...

Good choice of picture with Adie Arnold waiting in the background!!!!
Good choice of picture with Adie Arnold waiting in the background!!!! abc100
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5:18pm Tue 13 May 14

GetOnTheBeerSon says...

white 147 wrote:
Maybe the echo should look at the club as a whole. Well maybe the youth section.!!!
I believe that was part of the problem from what i have heard the club does not work as a whole, to many individuals in it for themselves. A club should always be focused on the first team with the reserves and 18's feeding in from there. If this upsets people then they need to waken up as that is footbal & the main reason in having these teams. l am pretty sure when & if their son's reach the 1st team they will realise this. Cuffie will be missed by most but not all he was a character oh and well done to Xchurch U18's this season as i am sure this is what you comment is about.
[quote][p][bold]white 147[/bold] wrote: Maybe the echo should look at the club as a whole. Well maybe the youth section.!!![/p][/quote]I believe that was part of the problem from what i have heard the club does not work as a whole, to many individuals in it for themselves. A club should always be focused on the first team with the reserves and 18's feeding in from there. If this upsets people then they need to waken up as that is footbal & the main reason in having these teams. l am pretty sure when & if their son's reach the 1st team they will realise this. Cuffie will be missed by most but not all he was a character oh and well done to Xchurch U18's this season as i am sure this is what you comment is about. GetOnTheBeerSon
  • Score: 5

5:57pm Tue 13 May 14

Rich.stainer says...

Will be interesting to see who gets the post. Will be a few after it i am sure as Christchurch has a good name. Not convinced it will be Adi as he has stipulated he wants a budget and Christchurch dont pay. Few clubs in Wessex who pay will be looking for managers so maybe that is where he plans to move to. Best of luck to whoever takes it on, not an easy job after Kempy did so well for so many years.
Will be interesting to see who gets the post. Will be a few after it i am sure as Christchurch has a good name. Not convinced it will be Adi as he has stipulated he wants a budget and Christchurch dont pay. Few clubs in Wessex who pay will be looking for managers so maybe that is where he plans to move to. Best of luck to whoever takes it on, not an easy job after Kempy did so well for so many years. Rich.stainer
  • Score: 2

5:58pm Tue 13 May 14

gecko123 says...

If Adie Arnold does go to Xchurch it will make this quote from their secretary, after Arnold left Verwood a little embarrassing.

"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."
If Adie Arnold does go to Xchurch it will make this quote from their secretary, after Arnold left Verwood a little embarrassing. "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." gecko123
  • Score: 0

8:26am Wed 14 May 14

Tanker69 says...

gecko123 wrote:
If Adie Arnold does go to Xchurch it will make this quote from their secretary, after Arnold left Verwood a little embarrassing.

"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."
This wasn't a quote from the secretary,it was from me, not on the committee and for those that have been to our club will know who I am.
[quote][p][bold]gecko123[/bold] wrote: If Adie Arnold does go to Xchurch it will make this quote from their secretary, after Arnold left Verwood a little embarrassing. "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."[/p][/quote]This wasn't a quote from the secretary,it was from me, not on the committee and for those that have been to our club will know who I am. Tanker69
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11:29am Wed 14 May 14

The Banker says...

Like many clubs at this level, like the Bournemouth & Hampshire FA’s, actually let us also include the FA, UEFA, FIFA etc. they are all run by the most narrow minded of people, often antiquated, and very often ‘in it for themselves and to hell with everyone else’. Christchurch have a reasonable youth set up, they have two very good teams at U14 & U15 level. They should be doing everything they can to encourage these youngsters to feel that they are part of great club and a club that they should aspire to play for at U18 and senior level. Instead, the youth teams train at Kings Park, they have little support and resource from the club as a whole (I have seen the training equipment fist hand!), and Christchurch FC organise their end of season youth presentation ceremonies at Poole (yes, POOLE!) Stadium (on a dog racing night). Now if someone is not on a back hander there I would be truly amazed.
We all appreciate that there are limited training facilities for youth teams but, as a club, Christchurch should be going out of their way to encourage these boys and their families to get to Hurn Bridge as often as possible. Get the Christchurch Youth players in to games for free and the parents paying a reduced rate. I would genuinely be encouraged to get off the sofa and watch some games if this was the case, and I am sure many others would too. Organise a youth football tournament; These great weekends generate between £3,000 & £6,000 annually for clubs. Get the end of season youth presentation evenings back at Hurn Bridge. It puts money behind the bar, everyone feels part of one big club, the kids can spill out on to the grass outside the bar and have a kick around – more interesting for them than watching 6 hounds race around on sand. These are all ways to generate income, perhaps with a view to paying first team expenses/wages, and it keeps the kids coming through the system year, after year, after year. It’s not rocket science!
Like many clubs at this level, like the Bournemouth & Hampshire FA’s, actually let us also include the FA, UEFA, FIFA etc. they are all run by the most narrow minded of people, often antiquated, and very often ‘in it for themselves and to hell with everyone else’. Christchurch have a reasonable youth set up, they have two very good teams at U14 & U15 level. They should be doing everything they can to encourage these youngsters to feel that they are part of great club and a club that they should aspire to play for at U18 and senior level. Instead, the youth teams train at Kings Park, they have little support and resource from the club as a whole (I have seen the training equipment fist hand!), and Christchurch FC organise their end of season youth presentation ceremonies at Poole (yes, POOLE!) Stadium (on a dog racing night). Now if someone is not on a back hander there I would be truly amazed. We all appreciate that there are limited training facilities for youth teams but, as a club, Christchurch should be going out of their way to encourage these boys and their families to get to Hurn Bridge as often as possible. Get the Christchurch Youth players in to games for free and the parents paying a reduced rate. I would genuinely be encouraged to get off the sofa and watch some games if this was the case, and I am sure many others would too. Organise a youth football tournament; These great weekends generate between £3,000 & £6,000 annually for clubs. Get the end of season youth presentation evenings back at Hurn Bridge. It puts money behind the bar, everyone feels part of one big club, the kids can spill out on to the grass outside the bar and have a kick around – more interesting for them than watching 6 hounds race around on sand. These are all ways to generate income, perhaps with a view to paying first team expenses/wages, and it keeps the kids coming through the system year, after year, after year. It’s not rocket science! The Banker
  • Score: 5

12:42pm Wed 14 May 14

Name hider says...

Come on Echo, the new boss has been revealed on the Christchurch website!!
Come on Echo, the new boss has been revealed on the Christchurch website!! Name hider
  • Score: 0

12:58pm Wed 14 May 14

GetOnTheBeerSon says...

Name hider wrote:
Come on Echo, the new boss has been revealed on the Christchurch website!!
Would also be good to tell us what budget he has been given as was that not his main reason for leaving Verwood !
[quote][p][bold]Name hider[/bold] wrote: Come on Echo, the new boss has been revealed on the Christchurch website!![/p][/quote]Would also be good to tell us what budget he has been given as was that not his main reason for leaving Verwood ! GetOnTheBeerSon
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Wed 14 May 14

Saintssupporter80 says...

Adie is a prat I can't see him doing any better than the rubbish 19th place that verwood finished what a two faced plank I've heard he has a few bum chums on the Christchurch committee tho so prob explains a lot verwood did well to lose him
Adie is a prat I can't see him doing any better than the rubbish 19th place that verwood finished what a two faced plank I've heard he has a few bum chums on the Christchurch committee tho so prob explains a lot verwood did well to lose him Saintssupporter80
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