“It’s very hard to make this decision!” Dennis Greene departure came after lack of Pilgrims progress, says Boston United chairman David Newton

David Newton.
David Newton.

Boston United chairman David Newton says that parting company with manager Dennis Greene was not an easy decision.

After more than three-and-a-half years at the helm, Greene and the Pilgrims parted company by mutual consent last night.

After three seasons of chasing promotion, things haven’t clicked for United this season, with the club sitting just four points ahead of the National League North drop zone.

“It’s not all about results, it’s about progression, and I don’t think we were progressing the way we had hoped, and Dennis agrees with that,” Newton told BBC Radio Lincolnshire this morning.

“We both want the best for the club.

“It was a big decision after three really good seasons, but these things have to be done sometimes.”

Newton refused to confirm or deny whether Greene, on a two-year contract with the club, was handed a financial settlement.

But he did make it clear that it’s business as usual at the Jakemans Stadium, adding: “That’s a private matter.

“It’s an employment matter and I can’t discus that.

“The financial situation is that this won’t affect the playing budget.”

After Breakfast Show presenter Scott Dalton asked Newton what he had to say to a section of supporters who had been calling for the manager’s head long before this week, the chairman came to Greene’s defence.

“The fans don’t know all the facts,” Newton said.

“They don’t see what happens day to day, and how he was trying to turn things around.

“In business you have to give people time to sort things out.

“We did that with Dennis.

“A few fans may have wanted him to leave but a lot were still behind Dennis. We were.

“It’s very hard to make this decision.”