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I did nothing wrong, says Edwards

Grays Athletic
Grays won the FA Trophy twice under Mark Stimson

Ex-Grays Athletic manager Craig Edwards says he was shocked to be sacked after just two months in the job.

Edwards and assistant Steve Browne were sacked on Tuesday after just over two months in the job, without taking charge of a competitive game.

"Mr Woodward [Mick, chief executive] came in on Tuesday and sacked us," Edwards told BBC Essex.

"I don't think we've done anything detrimental to the club since we started and we weren't given a reason."

Grays have brought in former Weymouth boss Alan Lewer to help coach Gary Phillips with the first team and they will take charge for Saturday's Blue Square Premier opener at home to Chester.

If you look at the other managers who've gone then I'm in pretty good company

Craig Edwards on the high turnover of managers at Grays

"We put together a decent side in the time we were there but Mr Woodward didn't share that view and players were signed behind our backs," Edwards continued.

"We were forced to release some of our signings and 14 of our 21-man squad we had for a friendly at Margate were gone by the next week."

Grays have had 12 managers in the last three years and it is all a far cry from when Mark Stimson led the Essex club to two FA Trophy victories and the Conference play-offs.

"If you look at the other managers who've gone then I'm in pretty good company but this hasn't soured my relationship with the game and I hope to get back in as soon as possible."

No-one at Grays Athletic Football Club was willing to comment.

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