Ryan Hayes was so emotional when he told Tony Burman he was leaving Dartford that he had to hang up the phone.
The winger called time on 13 eventful years with the Darts last weekend and has signed a two-year contract at Concord Rangers. Mercurial Hayes was Burman’s greatest source of frustration but also produced a catalogue of champagne moments.
And when Burman decided his time at Princes Park was up, Hayes followed suit.
“Tone going had a lot to do with my decision,” he said. “He always said that if he was there, I’d be there but he went and it didn’t feel the same.
“I wouldn’t want to play for anyone at Dartford other than him and I told him that. We spoke on Sunday and we had to put the phone down because I was crying my eyes out.
“My little girl had never seen me cry before. It was stuff he couldn’t tell me while he was my manager because he didn’t want to get me too high.
“He was telling me what he thought of me and it broke me to be fair. The missus said ‘why are you crying?’ and I said ‘for 13 years I wanted him to tell me what he’s just told me.'”