16 May 2013

Frustrated Hooper vows to never manage again

By Lee Hall, Cornish Guardian

GLYNN Hooper says he will never manage again after parting company with Newquay at the weekend, writes Lee Hall.

The former Truro City striker revealed he made his decision on the eve of the Peppermints' penultimate South West Peninsula League game of the season at Witheridge earlier this month – when only EIGHT first-team players were available.

After struggling to put a team together in the closing weeks of the season, Hooper admitted he had run out of patience, leading to his decision to step down, along with his assistant Phil Lafferty.

Hooper took charge of his final game as Newquay were beaten 1-0 at Plymouth Parkway last Tuesday.
And speaking to Cornish Guardian Sport this week, Hooper, who guided the club to promotion in his first season in charge last year after two seasons at St Blazey, explained the reasons behind his shock decision to leave management altogether.

He said: "I've given it four years and it's not for me. I won't manage again.

"What has happened over the last few weeks has completely put me off management. I'm sick of people letting me down hours before games.

"When you put all your time and effort into training sessions and just six players turn up it's demoralising."

He added: "When it gets to the point where you're not enjoying it anymore it's time to step aside and give somebody else a chance."

Hooper confirmed that he has received an approach from Truro City over a possible coaching role with the first-team at Treyew Road.

But with all the uncertainty surrounding what league City will be playing in next season, and the amount of travelling that will be involved, Hooper will not be rushing into any decision.

He said: "Steve Massey (Truro's head of football development) called me about a coaching position and that is something I am only considering at the moment."

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