Article by Tommy Wathen: Billericay Town owner Glenn Tamplin has stepped down as joint-manager of the club following a 5-2 defeat to Wealdstone at The AGP Arena.
The result ends Billericay's hopes of a cup final at Wembley Stadium where the final was scheduled to be played at.
Ahead of today's cup fixture, Billericay had lost their past two Bostik League Premier Division fixtures and Tamplin warned that he was considering sacking himself if his side failed to beat Wealdstone.
He wrote on Twitter earlier this week:
"Lose Saturday when it really matters, I will sack myself and actually considering it now depending on answers from players on something I've put to them be interesting if they do the right thing."
It is understood that Tamplin has tonight (February 24) stepped down from managing the club, with head coach Harry Wheeler set to continue as manager alone.
In the game, Bradley Bubb put the visitors ahead after 20 minutes of the game on Saturday (24 February), before Billericay drew level just seven minutes later through Rob Swaine.
Bubb, Ricky Wellard and Matthew Whichelow then extended Wealdstone's lead to 4-1 as the hosts fell apart ahead of the half time break, before Bubb completed his hat-trick on four minutes into the second half to add a fifth.
It is understood that Tamplin will see out the rest of the season as Wheeler's assistant manager. He told the Echo:
“When I asked the players to give up a week’s wages for the way they have performed in the last seven days they didn’t consider me. Why should I consider them? I have spent more than two million on this club and all I wanted was players to donate a week’s wages after their performances in the past week. Only seven or eight said they would. They are not matching my investment. We are not getting the results for what I am paying, so I am stepping down.”
Billericay Town's next fixture will be a league trip to Wingate and Finchley on Tuesday (February 27) evening, with kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm.
Article by Tommy Wathen, EssexLive