Chelmsford City’s board identified Garry Hill as their preferred choice of new manager, chairman Steve Shore has revealed.

In his programme notes from last night’s game with Tonbridge Angels, Shore detailed the events and conversations regarding the departure of previous boss Rod Stringer, as well as confirming that former Ebbsfleet United manager Hill was the board’s choice to replace him. However, Shore has explained why Hill has not been appointed:

“The board’s preferred candidate was Garry Hill, someone I was told would also be popular with the fans. As you may have read, I was not convinced, but was convinced to defer to the greater footballing knowledge of the board.

“I rang Garry to inform him that we wished to appoint him and that I would like to discuss terms. Garry explained that he was looking for a certain cash sum and a two-year contract.

“I wanted to clarify the terms of that, particularly around termination clauses; in business it is usual to operate with either a one or three-month notice period on termination. I was informed it was two years and if we parted company then we would be expected to pay up the remainder of the contract.

“I explained that I would need to speak to the shareholders, as (this was) not something I was expecting or had agreed. I have never understood why in football when a manager fails they get a pay-off; I think this is crazy at any level and certainly crazy at the National League South.”

Shore goes on to state: “There will be no contract. We are a team, we work together, win together, support one another and survive together.

“The recruitment process therefore continues.”

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