Ex-Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders has released a message for supporters after the end of his highly successful tenure at the Vanarama National League club was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The statement reads:

For all the fans, the players, the supporters, and the dreamers;

It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my time at Maidstone United has come to an end.

From supporting the club as a child, to proudly wearing the shirt on the pitch; managing the stones was a dream I never thought would come true.

I’ve been through every emotion possible with this club, and I’m thankful for all the opportunities and memories; I’ll never forget any of them.

I want to sincerely thank all the players that have given everything for me on the pitch and all the back room staff who worked tirelessly alongside me.

I also want to say a very special thank you to the supporters who have stood in my corner until the very end; the words of support I’ve received since the announcement yesterday have been overwhelming, and I will be forever grateful for that.

Coming from a supporter who got to play for, and manage his team, I know exactly how you feel about the club, and share your passion.

I’m disappointed I couldn’t fulfill my dream of taking the team back to the football league, something we all thought was possible and achievable, but the opportunity to have played a part in this chapter of the club’s history has been privilege and honor.

For now – it’s onto the next challenge, wherever that may be.

Thank you again for everything.


Forever a fan,

Jay x

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