Cowley quits as City boss

PUBLISHED: 19:10 31 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009

Howard Cowley

Howard Cowley

HOWARD Cowley has resigned as WGC manager, citing internal politics and a lack of support leaving him with no choice. Cowley, in charge since May, 2005, has cut a forlorn figure on the touchline this season, and whilst his passion for all things on th

HOWARD Cowley has resigned as WGC manager, citing "internal politics" and "a lack of support" leaving him with no choice.

Cowley, in charge since May, 2005, has cut a forlorn figure on the touchline this season, and whilst his passion for all things on the pitch cannot be questioned, it is off-field problems that have affected him.

He has become disillusioned with how the Herns Lane club is run, and feels that he has never got the backing his and his staff's hard work and desire deserves.

Speaking following last week's 3-0 defeat to Aylesbury Vale, Cowley appeared dejected and saddened by the lack of support he has behind him.

"I am upset with things on the pitch after a defeat obviously, but the off-field problems are a great concern," he said.

"From getting people to away games, to backing at boardroom level, I feel the support structure is not there to back me up."

Cowley has in effect been carrying out a number of jobs this season.

Not only has he been first team manager, but also acting physio and more often than not the only one who would bother to ensure the balls have been collected at the end of games.

The former Harrow Borough and Harpenden Town boss believes a "conflict of interests" has made his job untenable, but is keen to focus on the positives of his three years in charge.

"Last year we finished fourth and we also received £13,000 in prize money," said Cowley.

"We have had some really good times at the club, and I wish them every success for the future.

"They have a cup semi-final and I hope they win that and the final too."

Dave Lewis is in temporary charge of the Citizens until the end of the season, when the chairman will decide on who is to be appointed on a permanent basis in time for the 2008-09 campaign.

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