TULIPS: Scott fires parting shot at chairman

Blast: Richard Scott aimed a broadside at Spalding United chairman Chris Toynton.
Blast: Richard Scott aimed a broadside at Spalding United chairman Chris Toynton.
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RICHARD Scott resigned as Spalding United manager on Friday and fired a parting shot at chairman Chris Toynton by insisting: “The club will never go anywhere while he’s in charge.”

In a frank and honest interview, the former Peterborough United professional told the Lincolnshire Free Press that he never had the full backing of the Spalding supremo and that he would have been sacked but for a 2-1 win over Lincoln United in November.

Scott also suspected that a new manager was being lined up while he was still at the club and told us Andrew Stanhope would replace him 48 hours before the club confirmed his appointment as Spalding’s new manager yesterday.

Scott said: “Things won’t change at the club while Chris Toynton is in charge, there is no stability of consistency at the club.

“Look at how many managers have come and gone in the past few years, it’s obvious what the problem is.

“It’s not much of a confidence booster when you beat Lincoln United and then get told you’d have been sacked had you not won.”

Scott held talks with Toynton last week in a bid to revive the club’s flagging fortunes.

But after getting negative vibes from the Spalding supremo, he decided to call time on his 14-month tenure at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

Scott added: “After speaking to the chairman I felt there was no trust or confidence in me and I picked up plenty of negative vibes.

“I feel the club has made massive improvements while I’ve been here. Yes, we’ve not won many games, but I can remember losing 11-0 last season as a player – that kind of thing doesn’t happen any more.

“I have worked hard to try and turn things around and we have gone from a team being beaten convincingly in almost every game to one that is very close to being competitive at our level. But Chris doesn’t see it that way and after much consideration I’ve decided to step down.”

Assistant Andy Penny took charge of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Newcastle Town (see page 63), but subsequently handed in his resignation 24 hours later.

That move is likely to trigger something of a player exodus, with Penny responsible for transporting a number of the Tulips’ Midlands-based players to and from games.

Spalding have acted quickly in announcing Scott’s successor though, with former favourite Stanhope installed at the helm.

Stanhope, who is a former Tulips captain and caretaker boss, has watched plenty of Spalding’s games this season and will take charge with immediate effect.

Toynton said: “Following the resignations of Richard Scott and Andy Penny, the club have acted swiftly in appointing Andrew Stanhope as manager with immediate effect. He will take charge of our game at Shepshed tonight.

“I want to thank Richard most sincerely for everything he has done for the club and wish him well for the future.”

However, Scott reckons his replacement will need a magic wand to revamp Spalding’s fortunes, as they bid to stave off relegation from Evo-Stik League First Division South.

He said: “I’ve done my best to turn around the club’s fortunes, but how long can you keep saying that things will get better?

“For one reason or another, players just don’t want to play for the club, Spalding just can’t shake off their tag as whipping boys. A lot of managers that have been here have resigned. That shows something isn’t right at the club.

“Whoever comes in next will need a magic wand. I enjoyed my time with Spalding, but I can promise you that the job is much harder than anyone realises.

“I’d like to thank the fans, they’ve always been loyal. I hope that the club stays up.”

Scott guided the Tulips to four wins from 31 games in all competitions this season, with 20 ending in defeat.