Steve Edmondson has his say after quitting Kendal Town managerial hotseat (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Steve Edmondson has his say after quitting Kendal Town managerial hotseat
STEVE EDMONDSON believes he was left with very little option but to resign his post as Kendal Town manager after claiming he had taken the club as far as he could.
The former Ambleside United boss relinquished control of the Parkside Road managerial reigns on Sunday, 24 hours after the Mintcakes lost to Padiham at the Arbories.
This was Kendal’s fifth away loss of the season, meaning only six points from a possible 21 had been accrued on the road, in complete contrast to the 16 from seven home matches.
The Black and Whites were a place outside the play-offs when Edmondson tendered his resignation, with the Winster businessman pointing to Saturday’s defeat as the final straw.
“I’m not a quitter and it takes something very serious for me to quit something and walk away but I didn’t feel I could go to the next step with that group of players when they turn out performances like that,” he said.
“One or two things have cropped up recently which made me think rather than go down a rocky road it would be better to get out.
“The defeat at Padiham brought things to a head, I thought it was an absolutely disgraceful performance from the players and it made me think they were not doing it for me.
“They did not do it away from home at places like Clitheroe and Bamber Bridge neither where we would be expected to win so let’s see if they can do it for someone else for the good of the club.
“I think some of the players have to have a look at themselves, not all, but at the end of the day it’s a team, and they have to look at themselves.”
Edmondson took over the club’s managerial hotseat in difficult circumstances after Lee Ashcroft’s departure to Nortwich Victoria last November and was unable to stave off relegation from the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
He will be succeeded by his assistant and former Kendal striker Dave Foster with Edmondson hopeful the club can still achieve its pre-season goal of making a promotion bid via the league’s play-offs.
“Obviously last year was very disappointing with the club going down but there were some positive things – players were playing for basically nothing and we nearly achieved the miracle of getting out of trouble,” he added.
“We won the last three games of the season and that was carried forward into pre-season and the season proper and we were on-track but one or two things have cropped up making me feel it wasn’t right for me.
“But I think the play-offs are still achievable and I’m sure Fozzy will make them well aware of that and get them on the right track again as the club deserves it.
“It’s a great place to be but I just felt I could not take it to that level with the situation I was in.
“I wish the club all the best. I will still be involved and will help them fundraise as it’s a great family club which deserves support.”
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