Boro coy on Funk departure

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Scarborough Athletic are playing their cards close to their chest on the departure of manager Rudy Funk after last night’s game at Harrogate Railway.

Funk walked away after the 3-0 Evo-Stik North defeat, due to what chairman Dave Holland describes as a non-football related issue.

Holland has underlined that his resignation is not because of rumours of a potential budget cut or because the players had not been paid.

He said: “The speculation about financial problems just isn’t true. The players are being paid, financially we are okay, we are still on budget and there is no panic.

“Rudy had some concerns that we were working with him to resolve. These were matters personal to Rudy and we were trying hard to meet these expectations.

“Unfortunately, Rudy has drawn a line under the discussions because different people hold different things in high regard and the timescale was not satisfactory to him.”

Holland added: “I had a close personal and professional relationship with Rudy. I see him and his family as close friends.

“I am disappointed that things have ended like they have.

“Rudy is a man of the highest integrity, I trust him implicitly and that hasn’t been shaken.

“I always said that he was the right man for the job. We needed someone that was larger than life and he fitted into that category.

“He was Boro 24-7, his dedication was second to none and I am pleased that he has left a lasting impression on the club.”