TULIPS: Genovese backs Spalding chairman

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FORMER Spalding United manager Domenic Genovese has jumped to the defence of Tulips chairman Chris Toynton by declaring: “The buck stops with the manager.”

Spalding supremo Toynton was named as the main factor behind the departure of ex-manager Richard Scott, who resigned just over a week ago.

Scott, a former professional with Peterborough United, felt he wasn’t backed by the Spalding supremo and suggested that the club’s horrendous form over the past few years was largely down to Toynton.

But Genovese, who is one of the 16 managers to take on the Spalding job in the past 11 years, feels the club’s perilous plight in Evo-Stik League First Division South is not the chairman’s fault.

He said: “The comments that Richard Scott has made seem to lay all the blame on the chairman.

“Richard has been in the game long enough to know that football is a results game and the table never lies.

“The chairman’s role is to appoint a manager and give him a budget to work with and also to provide training facilities, which he has always done.

“Richard also mentioned that quite a few managers have come and gone.That’s because they have all fallen into the same trap of bringing in players from distance rather than looking closer to home.

“With the restraints that the club has, we have to look for local players and youth players in and around the Spalding area.”

Genovese, who now heads up the Tulips’ Academy, also feels that his youngsters weren’t given a chance under Scott.

He added: “Under Mark Hone the team trained at least once a week and this enabled the Academy players to join in with the first team players.

“This gave a chance for the manager to see the youth players coming through and making appearances for the first team.

“This didn’t happen during Scott’s time as they never trained during the week. The club only had three training sessions over the summer and started the season with mostly loan players too.”

Genovese replaced Phil Hubbard as Spalding boss in 2007, only for Alan Biley to succeed him a few months later.