Tomkins replaces Cooper as Citizens boss

PUBLISHED: 18:11 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:28 26 October 2009

Dave Cooper quit as WGC boss and has been replaced by Paul Tomkins

Dave Cooper quit as WGC boss and has been replaced by Paul Tomkins

WGC have appointed former Harpenden Town boss Paul Tomkins as their new manager. The move comes after Dave Cooper and his assistant Darren Gibb resigned following the FA Cup extra preliminary round defeat to Stanway Rovers. Only two league games into the

WGC have appointed former Harpenden Town boss Paul Tomkins as their new manager.

The move comes after Dave Cooper and his assistant Darren Gibb resigned following the FA Cup extra preliminary round defeat to Stanway Rovers.

Only two league games into the new season, the duo have left Herns Lane, with number two Gibb stating that "personal reasons" led to the decision.

According to chairman Alan Thomas, he was met by Cooper after the cup game.

The City manager told him that he had decided to leave the club with immediate effect, and his assistant has followed suit.

Thomas said: "I am shocked to be honest; his five-year plan has lasted five minutes.

"But I am delighted to bring in Paul (Tomkins) who knows the club well."

Tomkins is a former reserve team manager at Herns Lane and said: "I'm confident that we can do well here, and I'm hoping to bring some stability to the club."

Former Luton Town and Exeter City utility player Cooper took over at Herns Lane in May, stating that he wanted to bring a local feel back to the club.

However, a disappointing pre-season, where City won only one game against Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Ampthill Town, gave Cooper grave concerns regarding the state of the players' fitness.

Yet the Citizens opened up their SML Premier Division campaign with a 3-2 at home to Hanwell Town, with new acquisition David Iwediuno looking a shrewd signing by the manager.

But next game Cooper's men lost 5-2 away to Broxbourne, and then last Saturday they crashed to a 4-0 FA Cup defeat to Stanway Rovers.

Gibb said: "We have left due to personal reasons. It was nothing to do with Saturday's performance."

Cooper has so far been unavailable to comment.

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