12 March 2014

Truro City manager Steve Massey 'sacked' in shock move (by Rhod Mitchell, West Briton)

In a shock move, Truro City manager Steve Massey his assistant Graeme Kirkup and head coach Glynn Hooper have left the Calor League premier division club with immediate effect.

Club chairman Peter Masters said he felt they had taken the club as far as they could and after Massey turned down an alternative "more passive" position the trio have departed with ten games of the season to go.

"He is a smashing guy and has helped the club come a long way. But we are where we are in the league and if we lose at Poole on Saturday and Chippenham win we will be in 20th.

"It is nothing personal. Steve has put his heart and soul into it and we are all very grateful."

Mr Masters added that he hoped to be able to announce news about what happens next, with regard to a successor, whether as a caretaker or permanent replacement, tomorrow afternoon.

Today's decision ends Massey's third spell as manager with Truro City for whom he also played with great success.

He succeeded Lee Hodges in the summer after the club were relegated from Conference South after going into administration with huge debts.

This season the side has won ten of its 34 games, drawing nine and lost 15.

The statement issued by Mr Masters said: “On Tuesday afternoon I had a lengthy telephone conversation with Steve whereby we discussed a number of items in particular our current 19th league position and recent matches.

“I explained that I felt the existing management had taken the team as far as it could and there was a need for change now if Truro City is going to make a serious challenge to win the League next season and gain promotion back into the Conference South and beyond.

“Steve was given an option to remain at the club in an alternative more passive position which I thought would be beneficial to Steve and Truro City.

“This offer was not accepted and I must respect that decision. Therefore Steve Massey and his immediate management team Graham Kirkup and Glynn Hooper have now left the Club.

“It’s a sad day for me, Philip and all at Truro City Football Club but I honestly feel the timing is right for all parties and Steve leaves with his head held high in the knowledge that Truro City Football Club is in a better place now than it was eighteen month ago and for that we all owe Steve our gratitude for the part he has played.

“I am sure that I speak for all of us when I wish him all the very best for the future. I am confident Steve will emerge again in football somewhere in the southwest.

“Moving forward the bumpy journey continues we have ten tough matches left to play this season and 30 points to win. Truro City are not mathematically safe from relegation at this time and nothing must be taken for granted, therefore we must concentrate now on gaining points and building the foundations for next season to fulfil all of our ambitions.

“It is times like this when the true supporters of Truro City are at their very best I would now ask you all to play the 12th man as together we can truly achieve success on the pitch in a sustainable manner. A further statement will be released on the managerial position in due course.”

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