BREAKING: Maidstone United let manager Jay Saunders go after bad season start
Tuesday 28th August 2018
MAIDSTONE United manager Jay Saunders has left the club by mutual consent.
He was appointed in March 2011 as caretaker manager before being given the job permanently at the end of that season.
Jay led the side to three promotions in four seasons and into the National (or Conference) league, the highest tier in non-league football.
He also took charge of the first game back in Maidstone when the Gallagher Stadium opened in July 2012.
A club statement said: "However, after an indifferent start to the third season in the National League, the directors and Jay have agreed to part company. The club will now begin the process of recruiting a new manager."
Club chief executive Bill Williams said: "This is a day none of us wanted to come but collectively we’ve decided to go our separate ways.
“In 60 years of football, this is one of the toughest decisions I’ve been involved with. I count Jay as a friend and have the utmost respect for what he’s achieved here at the football club.
“Jay has become synonymous with Maidstone United over recent years and his place in our club’s history is assured. His influence went beyond the first team to the academy, player development centres and soccer schools.
“He will always have a special place at the club, we thank him for everything he’s done and wish him the very best in wherever his football journey takes him next.
“We hope that part of that might be with us as we would like to continue a relationship with him going forward.”
Assistant manager Steve Watt take over for Saturday's away match at Gateshead and next Tuesday's home fixture against Sutton United.
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