Time runs out as Ross is sacked

Redbridge axe manager Dave Ross after miserable start to season.

FORMER Redbridge boss Dave Ross has no hard feelings despite his departure from the Oakside hot-seat.

Ross and fellow joint manager Kris Taylor have been shown the door after a poor start to their league season, despite their good FA Cup run, which saw them narrowly defeated 2-1 by Ryman Premier side Harrow Borough.

Ross feels with more time he would have been able to reverse the club’s fortunes, but respects the decision which sees former Waltham Forest boss Kevin Durant take charge of the Motormen for their next game against Chatham Town on Saturday in the FA Trophy.

“I believe with a bit more time me and Kris would have turned things around,” said the former Barking boss.

“We have been unlucky in several games this season, and apart from East Thurrock and Needham Market, we have not been completely outplayed.

“As a manager you need luck, but unfortunately when you are down the bottom you do not get it.

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“On a couple of occasions we came close to winning, but at the end of the day I have no hard feelings against the club and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”

Taylor took charge of Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Wingate & Finchley, which was the fifth time the Motormen had lost by one goal, with Ross feeling it wouldn’t have taken long to reverse the club’s fortunes.

“Even on Tuesday night we only lost by the odd goal and I don’t think me and Kris were a million miles away from getting a result,” said Ross.

“We had not been getting the rub of the green and in the end it cost us our job.

“But I feel the manager Kevin (Durant) has inherited a good bunch of players and it will not take long to get the first victory they need.”

A statement released by Redbridge said: “We would like to thank Dave Ross for his hard work and effort over the past 12 months and wish him well for the future.”

A stoppage-time goal from Leon Smith put paid to their chances of their first win against Wingate on Tuesday, despite striker Alex Read levelling the scores after Smith had scored his first of the night.

Following Ross and Taylor out of Redbridge is coach Scott Canham and goalkeeper Dave McCartney.

New boss Kevin Durant will have to wait until midweek to take charge of his first game at the Oakside helm, which sees him face Colin Walton’s Ilford, another club Durrant has previously managed.