Iain McInnes has spoken of his disappointment at the exit of Craig McAllister during another week of turmoil at Gosport Borough.
The player-coach walked out of Privett Park last week and has since joined Blackfield & Langley. To rub salt into the wound, the striker scored twice on his debut for the Wessex League premier division side in their 3-0 win against AFC Portchester at the weekend.
The departure of the 37-year-old came as a huge shock to McInnes, who had brought the former Eastleigh man in after taking over the reins in December. McAllister’s capture was designed to add much-needed experience to the club’s fight against relegation.
The chairman said: “Some interesting and surprising events have happened. I’m disappointed to report Craig McAllister surprisingly left us this week.
“His quoted reasoning in a roundabout conversation was to find full-time employment. Fair enough.
“It’s worth noting his original contract reflected and rewarded him on that basis. Mutually agreeing to adapt that for Craig to pursue a potential teaching role and affording more security for his family we drew up a new contract.
“However, it proved impossible despite verbal and written agreements over some weeks to gain a signature on that contract. A major reason he finally gave was his concern about being injured playing football, thus undermining his security in his new position.”
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