Ashley Purser calls time on Blueboys’ managerial stint

PUBLISHED: 11:23 21 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:35 21 May 2015

Hatfield Town boss Ashley Purser

Hatfield Town boss Ashley Purser


Despite what he described as several “gob-smacking offers” from chairman Chris Maloney, Hatfield Town boss Ashley Purser revealed limited time has forced him to step down from the managerial helm.

Purser joined from Bedmond Sports and Social Club last June, taking the reins from the departing Neil Ewing after a disappointing campaign.

Having steered the Blueboys to within three points of Spartan South Midlands League Division One promotion this time around, his decision to leave the club was a tough one, but one he feels is in the best interests of all parties.

Purser told the WHT: “It has been an absorbing job over the past 12 months.

“It was my first season at this level and I would say it’s been reasonable.

“I just feel with running my own business, that my time in midweek is reduced and with games on Tuesdays and looking at players at other times of the week, I can’t really commit, so it isn’t fair to stay knowing I can’t give the job everything.”

The future of the club was in jeopardy in the latter stages of the season with Maloney signifying his intentions to leave, but following a change of heart he is staying and Purser was full of praise for the man at the top.

He continued: “Chris is one of the most fantastic people I have met.

“Without him this club is nothing and I thank him and the rest of the board for a tremendous season. I wish this great club all the best.”

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