Outgoing Boston Town boss Dan Barrett believes he has left the team in a stronger position than when he took over at the DWB Stadium.
The player-manager and assistant Carl Foreman stepped down from their dug-out roles following Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Long Buckby, citing ‘behind the scenes issues’ as the catalyst for their departures.
“I would like to thank the players for their support and their achievements during my time at Boston Town as manager,” Barrett told The Standard.
“Their attitudes have been fantastic and made my transition from player to manager easy.
“The squad has come a long way in a short time regarding performance, attitudes and personalities on the pitch and in the changing room.
“They have grown massively since that first away game at Wisbech, where morale was very low.”
Barrett also thanked the club’s staff and sponsors for their support, as well as chairman Mick Vines for giving him his first opportunity in management.
However, Barrett pointed the finger at the club’s infrastructure as the reason for his departure - citing frustrations such as getting hold of training kit for new signings and bringing the physiotherapy room up to the standard they wanted.
He said: “As a young, ambitious management team we tried our best to make changes from the start in and around the club as you need solid foundations to start anywhere.
“A lot of these haven’t happened.”
Poachers chairman Mick Vines told The Standard that he understood Barrett’s frustrations but said the club didn’t have the finances to make so many immediate changes.
“We have to think about the club’s long-term future,” Vines said.
“The football club has to be run like a business and we don’t have lots of money to throw at the club.
“We have some smashing plans for the club, but they can only be put in place when the time’s right.”
Vines also admitted he was ‘shocked’ to see Barrett step down, adding that he would have liked his manager to remain in charge next season.
“There was no big falling out or anything,” he added.