Holland’s sadness at duo’s exit

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Scarborough Athletic chairman Dave Holland has spoken of his sadness at the exit of coaching duo Darren France and John Reed.

Holland was however adamant that the pair’s departures would not be allowed to affect the club’s fortunes on the pitch.

He told The Scarborough News: “It is really sad that Darren and John are moving on.

“It has come as a big surprise to me, particularly as things are going so well at the moment. We are on a great run and have picked up some brilliant results in recent weeks.

“On Saturday we travel to Telford in the FA Trophy for what is probably the most high-profile game in Scarborough Athletic’s history.

“The timing of what has unfolded this week isn’t going to help us going into that game. Obviously it is a big distraction.

“I would however like to assure the fans that our manager, Rudy Funk, and the board of directors will not allow anything to get in the way of the continued progression of this club or affect what happens when the players go out on to the pitch.”

Former Harrogate Town and Stalybridge manager Reed cited his frustration at not being allowed sufficient input into matters on the field as his reason for leaving the club.

Boro’s chairman admits that this revelation left him shocked.

Holland added: “I was present during the conversation where John informed Rudy that he was leaving and there was no suggestion that he had any major issues with his role or the input that he was allowed. It just seemed to be a case of it being time to move on.

“I am disappointed that John has chosen to go into the public domain with these comments rather than deal with any issues in house. I always thought that there was an honour among managers and coaches.

“I would speak to John and Darren - as well as Rudy - individually and collectively at every single game and I was under the impression that the relationship between the three of them was healthy.

“Rudy and Darren’s relationship last season when they led the club to the league title was rock-solid and as far as I am concerned it was no different this time around.”

Despite his disappointment at what has unfolded, Holland was keen to thank both France and Reed for their respective contributions.

He continued: “The club would like to thank both Darren and John for their efforts during their time at the club.

“John’s knowledge, contacts and coaching expertise have been a great help to us.

“Darren has been here right from the start and has a really special relationship with the supporters.

“The link to his late father, Brian, means that his departure will be even more keenly felt.

“I do however have every confidence that even without these guys alongside him, Rudy Funk will continue to move this club forwards.”