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Maidstone boss Andy Ford resigns after five months

Andy Ford
Ford's reign at Maidstone lasted just five months

Maidstone United are looking for their third manager of the season after Andy Ford resigned following Tuesday's game.

The former Gravesend and Welling boss told chief executive Bill Williams he was leaving five minutes after the side's 1-0 defeat by Croydon Athletic.

Williams told BBC Radio Kent: "He came to me and said, 'That's it, I've finished, I resign'.

"I had to reluctantly accept his resignation and the club will have to replace Andy and find a new manager."

Ford declined to be interviewed but has sent the BBC an email about his sudden departure.

He said: "I felt that due to the results it was the honourable thing to resign. Being a football manager is all about results and the table does not lie."

The statement added: "I would like to thank the players, directors and supporters for their support since I have been at the club and the backroom staff for the hard work they put in behind the scenes."

Meanwhile chief executive Bill Williams added that he offered Ford the chance to reconsider his decision on three occasions, but without success.

I thought that tonight was a must win game for us and that's why there's such disappointment around the place

Maidstone chief executive Bill Williams

"I asked him again very clearly if he was sure that that's what he wanted to do as we weren't sacking him. He was adamant," Williams added.

Ford had only taken over from Peter Nott in October and leaves the Stones four points adrift at the foot of the Ryman Premier Division after five straight defeats.

The club will hold a board meeting on Wednesday morning to decide who will take charge for the rest of the season, but Williams stated that he did not know what Ford's number two Steve Butler's plans were.

"I thought that tonight was a must win game for us and that's why there's such disappointment around the place," continued Williams.

"I've been involved with the club for 40-odd years and I don't think that I've ever seen us relegated," he said.

In other Kent football on Tuesday night, Dartford extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 0-0 draw with Eastleigh in Blue Square Bet South.

In Ryman South, Ramsgate lost 3-1 to leaders Bognor, their first defeat in 12 games. Whitstable were beaten 4-3 by Whyteleafe, after conceding the first goal after 15 seconds.

Meanwhile Kent senior cup holders Sittingbourne are out of the competition after they lost 2-1 to Cray Wanderers who will now face either Bromley or Ebbsfleet in the semi-final.

Hythe are back on top of the Kent league after winning 2-1 at Greenwich while Herne Bay are through to the Kent league cup final after beating Corinthian 2-0 on the night, 3-0 on aggregate.


Monday 14 March

Blue Square Bet South
Chelmsford City 2-2 Dover Athletic

Kent League Premier Division
Fisher 0-5 Tunbridge Wells

Tuesday 15 March

Blue Square Bet South
Dartford 0-0 Eastleigh

Ryman Premier League
Bury Town 2-1 Margate
Maidstone United 0-1 Croydon Athletic

Ryman League Division One South
Ramsgate 1-3 Bognor Regis Town
Whitstable Town 3-4 Whyteleafe

Ryman League Division One North
Thamesmead Town 0-2 Needham Market

Kent Senior Cup Quarter-Final
Cray Wanderers 2-1 Sittingbourne

Kent League Premier Division
Beckenham Town 6-4 Norton Sports
Erith & Belvedere 1-1 VCD Athletic
Greenwich Borough 1-1 Hythe Town

League Cup semi final
Corinthian 0-2 Herne Bay

Wednesday 16 March

Kent League Premier Division
Sporting Bengal v Holmesdale

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