Welwyn Garden City boss Cooper and assistant Gibb resign

PUBLISHED: 13:40 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 26 October 2009

Darren Gibb and Dave Cooper have quit WGC

Darren Gibb and Dave Cooper have quit WGC

WGC are again on the lookout for a new management team after former Hitchin coach Dave Cooper and his assistant Darren Gibb resigned following Saturday s FA Cup extra preliminary round defeat to Stanway Rovers. Only two league games into the new season, t

Dave Cooper

WGC are again on the lookout for a new management team after former Hitchin coach Dave Cooper and his assistant Darren Gibb resigned following Saturday's 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 we have interest in the job and I am optimistic for the season."

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.

He was installed into the manager's seat after the caretaker spell of Dave Lewis, who had got the Citizens to the Herts Charity Shield Final where they lost to Tring Athletic.

However, a disappointing pre-season, where they 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 on 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."

So only four competitive games into the new season and after less than four months in charge, Cooper leaves Herns Lane and it remains to be seen what the future holds for the Citizens.

Cooper has so far being unavailable to comment.

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