Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Town boss Hanley quits club

HENLEY TOWN manager Roy Hanley has announced that Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Thatcham Town Reserves was his last game in

HENLEY TOWN manager Roy Hanley has announced that Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Thatcham Town Reserves was his last game in charge, writes Dan Robinson.

The Lilywhites have endured a tough season and finished bottom of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 East with just seven points.

Hanley, a former youth team boss at the club, took over from Mark Coles in November initially on a temporary basis but his role was made permanent in December.

He said a third party had approached the club about taking over the management and secretarial roles in a package that would also see them provide finance.

Hanley, a teacher from Binfield Heath, said: “I know for a fact there’s other interested parties who have met the club over the last couple of weeks.

“It came with a package to finance the team and from Henley’s point of view that’s quite an attractive proposition because the club is working really hard to make ends meet.

“The club is struggling because it doesn’t have the revenue streams it needs so a package with any additional income they have to consider and take it seriously, which I understand.”

Hanley, a former first team coach at Reading Town, said the role had been a challenge both on and off the pitch to turn the club’s fortunes round.

“From a personal point of view it’s been a tough season but I’ve learned a hell of a lot and I think I now understand what it takes to be a manager at this level,” he said.

“But I think you need to have a lot of time on your hands and be able to do a lot more than manage a football team.

“It can be an expensive business as well and pretty much all season it’s been just me, my coach Simon Johnson and secretary Peter Sinclair. It’s a very small team on and off the pitch.

“I think the club needs to decide which direction it wants to go in and how it wants to develop.”

Hanley, who has two children with his wife Helen, a veterinary surgeon at Henley Vets, will now use the summer to think about his next move.

He said: “I am going to sit down and reflect on whether running or managing a team is what I want to do because it’s a big commitment in terms of time, effort and money.

“When you go through a tough season you just want to forget about football for a bit and that might just recharge your batteries again.”

Hanley was full of praise for his players and Johnson, a young coach he inherited from Coles.

“I was so pleased with how the players kept going under difficult circumstances. We didn’t have a training facility and only had two training sessions of any quality.

“Simon has done superbly this season and for a young man he’s shown amazing resilience and character to remain positive. He’s been an absolute credit to work with.”

Chairman Jack Hollidge thanked Hanley for his work, adding: “Roy’s been unlucky not to have more positive results. We would have liked him to stay on and we’re very pleased with the way the season has finished for him.

“What we asked him to do was an extremely difficult job to take over a team halfway through the season.”

Hollidge said the club was speaking to several interested parties in taking over the role and recommendations would be made at the next committee meeting.

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