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JAY SAUNDERS: Emotional tribute to Stones' fans, players and staff

Thursday 30th August 2018

MAIDSTONE United manager Jay Saunders has paid an emotional tribute to the fans and staff at the club after he left by mutual consent.

Mr Saunders departed on August 28 after seven years in the job.

In a statement posted on Twitter, he said: “From supporting the club as a child, to proudly wearing the shirt on the pitch, managing the Stones was a dream I never thought would come true.

“I’ve been through every emotion with the club and I am thankful for all the opportunities and the memories. I’ll never forget any of them.

"I am disappointed I couldn’t fulfil of taking the team back to the football league, something we all thought was possible and achievable but the opportunity to have played a part in this chapter of the club’s history has been a privilege and honour.”

He was appointed in March 2011 as caretaker manager before being given the job permanently at the end of that season.

Mr Saunders led the side to three promotions in four seasons and into the National (or Conference) league, the highest tier in non-league football.