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Kemp makes Winchester exit
GRAHAM Kemp has parted company with Winchester City after just 15 Sydenhams Premier games in charge.
Following a meeting with director of football Dave Malone on Thursday, it was mutually agreed that Kemp would step down following today’s league trip to Verwood Town.
The players were informed before the game which ended in a disappointing 1-0 defeat for City at Potterne Park, dropping them to fifth in the table – albeit just two points off top spot.
Kemp joined City after six successful years at Christchurch and, working closely with Malone, built a new Winchester side from scratch during the summer.
City have held their own towards the top of the league, winning nine and drawing three, but have recently suffered disappointing knockout exits by Folland Sports in the Hampshire FA Senior Cup and Sholing in the FA Vase.
Kemp admitted: “It was hard work building the team up and we got off to a good start. But I didn’t have that extra bit in me when things started going wrong. I was looking for a reaction from the players and it wasn’t there. I expected us to do better.”
Malone was sorry to lose a “really decent guy” and admitted that parting company with Kemp was the “biggest disappointment I’ve had with a manager.”
He said the decision had been made amicably and came down to “a combination of different issues”, but stressed that he and the club were not unhappy with results.
*Full story in Monday’s Echo.
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