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Tuesday, 30 April, 2002, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Tribute for Cornforth
Axed Exeter City striker Graeme Tomlinson has paid tribute to John Cornforth - the man who ended his Grecians career.

Manager Cornforth released the former Manchester United player last week as part of his summer 2002 rebuilding process.


I have enjoyed playing for him more than I have for just about any other manager
Graeme Tomlinson

But Tomlinson bears no grudges against Cornforth - who also axed fellow striker Paul Read and midfielders Martin Barlow and Lee Zabek in his end-of-season cull.

"I want to wish him and the lads all the best for the future," Tomlinson told the Express and Echo newspaper.

"I have really enjoyed playing for John since he has taken over as manager and I have told him that.

"I have enjoyed playing for him more than I have for just about any other manager - just the way he goes about the job.

"To be honest I really don't feel like playing under anybody else at the moment."

Rivals Sean McCarthy and Steve Flack were handed contracts until the end of next season.

And teenage forwards Leslie Afful and Reinier Moor have been handed professional deals after making swift progress through the youth ranks.

Tomlinson urged the cash-strapped club to solve their financial problems - and give Cornforth the funds he needs to build on an encouraging start in the hot-seat.

He added: "The club really has to get itself sorted out if it wants to move on anywhere, because for John not to be able to bring players in makes it very hard for him."

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