Margate boss Nikki Bull has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season after a number of changes at the club.
Last week saw the announcement that chairman Bob Laslett was to step down from his role at the club, a move that had made a big impact on Bull’s decision to leave.
After Easter Monday’s 1-0 reverse against Concord Rangers Bull announced that he will depart at the end of the season and that most of his players will also be heading for the exit door.
He said “I was offered a contract which I signed to be long-term manager of the club but with the change of ownership the club never came out and announced it which made life difficult for me,” he said.
“I sat down with players and told them I wanted to part of the club moving forward as you do at this time of year, but I’m then told I won’t be here next year and everything’s on hold.
“I don’t see how the club moving forward can afford any of their contracts.
“The boys have been told that they will be paid until May, but all of this could have been
clarified weeks ago.
“The club’s always been sustained by Bob’s money, we all know that. All we want is honesty. The events of the past few weeks have made life very difficult.”
He continued “If I knew that the season was going to pan out the way it has, then I never would have taken the job in the first place,” he added. “I thought it was a stable club, a club that was moving forward but events over the past four or five weeks have been difficult to take.
“The club approached me ages ago about signing a long-term deal. We were looking at players for next year, talking to the current players about being here and the rug seems to have been pulled from under our feet.
“That’s life, that’s football. There is no real long-term in football these days and I just hope that whatever happens next year the club is in a good place because the most important thing will always be the club and the fans – it’s not about me or the players, not about who the manager is, it’s always about the club.
“I’ll give it my all for the last five games, get the points to keep us up and it’s job done.”