Ilford manager Allan Fenn pleased his side will play in Essex Senior League

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:38 20 July 2017

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford manager Allan Fenn is in high spirits after finding his team will be competing in the Essex Senior League for the 2017/18 season.

The Foxes were voted out of the division by 16 of the 22 clubs in the league at the competition’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 21.

The decision was overturned by the league presidents and the FA on Monday and the boss is relieved to get back to business as usual.

“To say it’s a relief is an understatement,” he admitted.

“We’ve been in turmoil since the decision was made.

“Thankfully the FA rightfully overturned it as it was a vote that shouldn’t have even been allowed.”

Fenn admits the spell of uncertainty was ‘draining’, but he’s now just focusing on rebuilding the club and getting them back on track.

“It has been emotionally draining and physically draining. Monday was the first proper night’s sleep I’ve had since it all happened.

“That afternoon I got on the phone to the players and a few new players to start rebuilding this club.

“I have lost half a dozen players who have moved on during pre-season due to the uncertainty at the club.

“Now it’s just a recruitment drive as I haven’t been able to do anything, as I couldn’t promise players any games as we didn’t have a league to play in.”

The gaffer is extremely thankful that the decision has been over-turned, although he admits the club’s may have voted them out to ‘derail’ a play-off push.

“I need to give Essex Senior League president Robert Errington and secretary Michelle Dorling credit as both said we don’t want Ilford removed from the league and it was just the clubs that didn’t want us in there.

“Whether they just wanted to derail our play-off push before we even got started, maybe I don’t know, it has put us down and gave us a lot of work to do.

“The boys are buzzing now and there is some great banter in our Whatsapp group and we’re a stronger group from it.”

The manager also believes pre-season hasn’t been at the heights it should be due to not knowing if they would have any league games to play this season.

“It’s been so difficult to motivate the players and we have been trying to go about business as usual, but it’s been hard.”

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