I feel I was right to resign, says former Sittingbourne boss Matt Wyatt

Thursday 30th October 2014
FORMER Sittingbourne manager Matt Wyatt says he gets no pleasure seeing the club’s slump in form since leaving the club.

Wyatt, 42, officially quit the club on Tuesday 7 October following the club’s 1-0 home defeat to Faversham Town in the Robert Dyas Ryman League Cup.

The Brickies were sitting in fourth-place in the Ryman League Division One South table at the time, having won eight, drawn two and lost four times in the league.

Wyatt actually told club officials that he resigned on Sunday 28 September, but agreed to take charge of the games against Whitstable Town (3-0), Walton & Hersham (2-1.

But the club have lost their last four games under the caretaker management of Barry Crimmen and assistant manager Warren Chambers.

The club have yet appointed a more experienced manager and said in a brief statement: “We have had overwhelming interest in the manager’s job, therefore keep an eye on the club website.

Wyatt wanted to express his disappointed since the club suffered defeats to South Park (0-2); Burgess Hill Town (0-4); Horsham (2-6, FA Trophy) and a 2-0 defeat away to Tooting & Mitcham United last weekend.

Sittingbourne are now in eighth-place in the table with 26 points from 17 games, four points adrift of fifth-placed Merstham.

“I left Sittingbourne for two and a half weeks now and contra to what people read or hear I don’t get any pleasure seeing the team or squad I worked so hard assembling going on a run of four straight defeats and being knocked out of The FA Trophy,” said Wyatt in a statement.

“I feel so sorry for the players who are left because when I left Sittingbourne we had won three out of four games and was joint-second and looking a very good side and playing with a lot of confidence.

“Yes, it is a shame that I went and I always want Sittingbourne to do well whoever the manager is.

“The club have some great supporters and they deserve some success.”

Wyatt is keen to get back into the game but is waiting for the right club to come along.

He said: “I am enjoying my rest but in the next couple of weeks I will be back in some capacity somewhere but it must be at the right club.

“I read things saying if I was in charge the results may have been the same.  I let people make their own mind up at the club.

“I loved my time at Sittingbourne and the club will have a special place in my heart and the players gave me everything. 

“I feel we only had one poor performance this season and that was at home to Dorking Wanderers in The FA Cup.

“But we lost a lot of players in the summer so had only six to eight weeks to get a team together so I’ve done my last interview regarding Sittingbourne and feel I was right to resign.

“But I wish the chairman, committee, players, new manager and supporters all the best and thank you for your support and memories.”

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