A lack of training facilities sees Dean Harrison step down after only eight games in charge of Bermondsey Town

Thursday 02nd March 2023

DEAN HARRISON has stepped down as the manager of struggling Bermondsey Town after only eight games in charge of the club.

The club are rooted to the foot of the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table, having won two and drawn three of their 25 league games.

Bermondsey Town, who are playing in the tenth-tier of English football for the first time this season, are 15 points adrift of the side immediately above them in the table, Sporting Club Thamesmead.

Former Fisher boss Harrison has revealed that the club have pulled its training facilities due to budget cuts at the amateur outfit.

“Today I walk away from my short tenure as manager of Bermondsey Town,” said Harrison in a statement.

Since being appointed in January, we achieved the club’s first league points in four months and gained more points than the club had previously accumulated all season.

“There are financial difficulties at the club and one of the effects of this would mean no training.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for me as manager of a club at this level.

“I hope Bermondsey Town overcome their situation and I wish them all the very best for the future.

“I now look forward to my next challenge in non-league football, wherever that may be.”

Harrison’s first game in charge of the beleaguered side was a 5-0 thrashing at Snodland Town on 7 January 2023.

The side then lost 3-2 at home to Greenways before Harrison picked up his first point in a 1-1 draw at home to Faversham Strike Force, followed by 3-3 draw at Bridon Ropes, and signed some of the players whom played under him at Fisher.

The side then lost 2-0 at home to Lydd Town before Harrison’s only win of the side came on 11 February with a 3-2 win at AFC Whyteleafe.

However, Bermondsey Town suffered two consecutive 4-0 defeats to Forest Hill Park and Rochester United but the lack of training facilities proved to be the final straw for Harrison, who announced his departure tonight.