SKIPPER Matty Evans and star man Andy White look to have led a mass Spalding United player exodus.
The key duo were among a squadron of talent to make themselves unavailable for Tuesday’s crunch relegation clash at Shepshed Dynamo on Tuesday.
Spalding were only able to call upon four first team regulars for Andy Stanhope’s maiden game as boss – with the players seemingly pledging their allegiance to outgoing manager Richard Scott.
The ex-Peterborough United professional resigned last Friday after a breakdown in relations with chairman Chris Toynton.
His assistant Andy Penny – who was the main contact for many of the squad – followed suit on Sunday.
And it now appears Jon Jones, Daniel Westwood, Mark Webb, Michael Crawford, Josh Fuller, Callum Earls, Danny Steadman and Andrew Tidswell have followed the duo out of the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
New boss Stanhope admitted to the Spalding Guardian that he is planning for life without his stay-away stars.
He said: “Originally I hoped to work alongside Andy Penny, but he was honest with me and I respect his decision to leave.
“Obviously I’d have liked to keep the players, but it looks like they’ve decided to leave.
“But I’d like to think I have good contacts in the game and I’ll be on the phone trying to replace them.
“I’ve spoken to the chairman and he’s agreed to back me. I’ve got some views on what needs to change at the club and he’s taken them on board.”
Stanhope is also hoping to appoint an assistant boss with substantial knowledge of the local scene, and a player/coach.
But he now faces the pressing issue of replenishing the Spalding squad before Saturday’s home clash with Belper (3pm).