Manager Neil Blackburn has left Basildon United.

Blackburn arrived from Laindon Orient on 16th December with the Bees in freefall. They had a magnificent start to the season under Marc Harrison, but it all went wrong when the promotion-winning manager departed, and a duo of Lee Connor and Michael Walther couldn’t halt the slide.

Blackburn has been in charge for 12 matches, winning two, drawing one and losing all the rest, and after Saturdays 4-0 defeat at home to AFC Sudbury the club and manager decided to part company.

Writing on social media, Blackburn stated:

“I would like to thank everyone at Basildon United but we have decided to part company with the club this evening. I must stress this was by mutual consent. The fans have been great and I wish you all the very best, you’re a great bunch. I wish Basildon all the best for the future.’

The Bees are 14th in the North Division, twelve points above the drop zone with nine matches remaining.


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