Harry Wheeler quits Welling United: My role was made untenable through contradicting visions in regard to playing decisions and selection

Thursday 06th April 2017

FORMER Welling United caretaker joint-manager Harry Wheeler has today been appointed the new head coach at big-spending Ryman Premier Leaguers Billericay Town.


Wheeler quit his role at Vanarama National League South side Welling United yesterday after being told that he couldn’t have more control of first team affairs at Park View Road.

Chairman Mark Goldberg said in a statement that was published on www.wellingunited.com: “Harry’s desire for more control of first team affairs couldn’t be granted at this stage so he has decided to step down.

“Whilst we thank Harry for his efforts this season and wish him well for the future, we wish to focus on the task at hand, which is retaining our National League South status.

“Tristan Lewis will remain in place during this important period and we will endeavour to actively bring in an additional experienced member of staff to the management team for the final five league games.

“We wish Harry well and thank him for his time at Park View Road.”

Wheeler posted a statement on his Twitter account, saying, “Disappointed to resign, however my role was made untenable through contradicting visions in regard to playing decisions and selection.

“All the best to Welling United FC.  Thank you very much to the fans for their support every week during a challenging season.”

Wheeler, who previously managed St Albans City, was in charge of 19 games (with Lewis) and the Wings won five, drawn five and lost nine of their games, the last being a 5-1 thrashing at title-chasing Ebbsfleet United last weekend.

Goldberg, Jamie Day, Wheeler and Lewis have all been in charge of Welling United this season.

Welling United welcome third-from-bottom side Gosport Borough to Park View Road on Saturday, sitting in 16th place in the Vanarama National League South table with 37 points with five games remaining.  The Wings are five points clear of Gosport Borough in the table.

Billericay Town are in the top-eight in the Ryman Premier League table with 66 points and are a couple of points adrift of Tonbridge Angels, who occupy the final play-off berth, with four league games remaining.

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