Article by Tommy Wathen: Billericay Town's multi-millionaire owner Glenn Tamplin is giving himself three weeks to find a new buyer with "the same ambition" as him otherwise he is staying at the club, he has said.
Last Sunday (September 2), the steel tycoon released a statement on the Billericay Town Twitter account revealing that he was putting the club up for sale and cutting ties with the club - citing his health and family life as the reasons behind his decision.
The announcement also came around 24 hours after an opposition fan accused Tamplin of taking cocaine, which led to him being questioned by police twice over the same incident.
However, less than a week after Tamplin confirmed he was cutting his ties, he was standing on the touchline as joint-manager of Billericay at Hemel Hempstead on Saturday afternoon (September 8).
After winning 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Adam Cunnington and Moses Emmanuel, Tamplin, who referred to himself as a 'circus clown', spared some time to speak on camera about recent events at the club.
Tamplin finally admitted that he did actually sack first-team manager Harry Wheeler "over personal things", but apologised to the fans for making a mistake that he aims to learn from. He said:
"I made a mistake in Harry Wheeler. I made a mistake in letting him go - it was my fault. I'm learning as I go and Harry is a great loss. I've tried getting Harry to come back but he doesn't want to come back and I understand that because I sacked him and I shouldn't have done. I've apologised to Harry in person and I've apologised to the fans for letting Harry go. It's my mistake and it won't happen again as I'll learn from it. I'm meeting Harry during the week and I'm going to make sure Harry gets the right settlement and gets treated in the right way, but it was wrong of me to sack Harry over personal things that we didn't agree with."
In relation to the sale of Billericay Town, Tamplin added that if he doesn't find someone with a similar ambition for the club as he has, then he will decide to stay and see out the job that he started back in December 2016. Tamplin added:
"As far as the club is concerned, I've met some buyers this week and with anyone that I meet that is interested in buying the club, what they are going to do is they are going to dissect the team, they are going to save money and stop the overheads coming out and to me, you'll be lucky if you stay in this league. So, until I meet the right investor with the right attitude the same as me, which I don't think I'll find as no one is as mad as me - or the circus clown or whatever you want to call me - but until I find an investor willing to take this club into the leagues, I gave the supporters and fans my word that I will never let this club go into liquidation, that I would never leave the club and that I was a blue for life. Let me tell you, it is looking like I am going to stay because I can't find investors that are willing to put their hand in their pocket every week like I do and I'm not going to hand it over to someone that is going to let the club sit in this league or go down a league and not continue with the dream that I sold to the fans and the community. I'm going to give it three weeks to find the right investor. If I can't find that one, I'm staying and I'll see the job through. There's nothing to worry about - the club is solid. I won't walk out on this club unless there is someone else with the same ambition as me and it looks like that is not going to happen."
Billericay Town's next Vanarama National League South fixture is against Dartford FC on Saturday, September 15 at The AGP Arena in Billericay.
Tamplin will again feature on the touchline for that fixture as part of a three-man management team with coaches Tristan Lewis and Danny Hazel.
Article by Tommy Wathen, EssexLive