The Eastbourne Herald report that Jamie Howell was offered a new contract by Eastbourne Borough just seven days before he found out he was going to be sacked.

Howell was dismissed as manager prior to Billericay last Saturday after a meeting with chairman John Bonar and Paul Maynard – Howell admitted he was surprised at the timing.

He was also upset as he was warned the day before by his previous manager – Jack Pearce at Bognor Regis – that he was about to be sacked

“Results have not been good lately but the way it happened is disappointing,” admitted Howell. “Football is a small world, there were obviously thing going on behind the scenes and it’s disappointing that I had to find out from elsewhere. I spoke to my previous manager on the Friday and he told me, ‘you are going to get the sack tomorrow.’

“If I’m honest, the writing had been on the wall for the last month. Things had changed at the club, it felt different, my relationship with certain people on the board.

“I’m not angry and I’m not bitter but I’m just surprised and a little disappointed with the timing and the way it was done, especially as I was offered a new contract last Friday (February 8).”

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