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Flavin departs Ilford for Hertford Town

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:28 06 February 2019

Cricklefield Stadium, the home of Ilford FC (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Cricklefield Stadium, the home of Ilford FC (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Lee Flavin has left his role as assistant manager of Ilford to take up a coaching role with Bostik South Central side Hertford Town.

The former Wingate & Finchley player joined the club at the beginning of January and has opted to leave after being at the club for just over a month.

He revealed he wanted to work in a professional environment and decided the Cricklefield Stadium club was not for him.

“After the 3-2 loss to Redbridge, it was hard for me to take knowing the boys went out there not fired up or winning personal battles,” Flavin said.

“I arranged a game for the Thursday night after the boys had two weeks off training, so wanted to have a look at the squad players and also get a session in.

“But in the end I was left to take the game without balls, bibs, water bottles and I had to borrow a fans bike to cycle to a cash machine to pay for the referee.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life.”

He did admit it is a shame to leave after having enjoyed taking charge for their 2-0 win over Southend Manor on Saturday, January, 26.

“I tweaked the squad and put boys in a shape and changed the manor we approached games and I felt we could have been up five six nil up in the first half.

“The boys togetherness and passion to work together was coming through and what I implemented over the weeks can see was coming across to the boys.

“Unfortunately Yemi Adelani didn’t get on the score sheet but worked very hard, Collins Atrubah had a wordie of a game.”

Despite the positive performance, Flavin decided he wanted something different to the direction the Foxes are heading in.

“I wish everyone at the club best of wishes for the rest of the season.

“I would like to says thanks for the support and help from Steve and Michael but it’s time to move on.”

Ilford chairman, Michael Foley, responding to Flavin’s decision said: “The club wishes Lee well and thanks him for his effort and enthusiasm during his very short time with us.

“We regard as absurd however any suggestion that Ilford FC lacks ambition or professionalism.

“We have recently been awarded the FA Charter Standard, which is the benchmark for clubs which are ambitious and have very strict structures in place.

“The club has furthermore recruited wisely among backroom staff, utilising a level of experience it lacked not so long ago.

“We are united totally in our support of first-team manager, Martin Haywood and of all our coaching staff.”

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