The outgoing boss had been “mulling it over for a couple of weeks” before coming to a decision on Wednesday night
True gent Nicky Forster said he had left Staines Town with no regrets following his resignation from the club in the wake of the 3-0 reverse against Leatherhead on Wednesday (January 6).
Although conceding that he gambled by putting too many players on contract – only for them to underachieve which made change difficult – he cited this season’s FA Cup run as a personal highlight and said he enjoyed his time at the club , which lasted exactly 12 months.
“I enjoyed every moment even though we had some low times, but it’s a learning experience and I left on good terms with the chairman and the fans who were great to me,” said Forster.
“I have tried to thank those supporters personally on social media, they were excellent.
“I’m not going to jump back into football just yet. I am going to watch a few games and spend time with my family.
“They have suffered because there wasn’t a time recently where I could go home on a Saturday night and put the Staines Town thoughts to bed and go and enjoy an evening out with my wife.”
“I have been mulling it over for a couple of weeks but I made up my mind on Wednesday and although I slept on it, I emailed the chairman first thing Thursday morning and told him I wanted a chat and he was great about it.
“His words were [that] he would reluctantly accept my offer. I was pleased to leave on my own terms.”
Shocked assistant manager Graham Abercrombie, boss of West Brom Ladies, was the unfortunate man caught in the crossfire.
He was keen to stay on and run the team in the interim with a view to applying for the manager’s job full time, but never got the chance when he was sacked in favour of club stalwart Martyn Spong being given the role.
Meanwhile, chairman Matt Boon said he would take his time over the appointment of Swans’ next manager.
Boon declared: “I’m disappointed it didn’t work out with Nicky as I wanted it to work just as much as he did.
“For one reason or another the players have not produced and they were the players he showed faith in.
“The performance at Leatherhead was abysmal and it’s not that we haven’t got good players. It’s difficult to put your finger on.
“Perhaps now we have had two managers [Marcus Gayle and Forster] who are names, we might need to go in a different direction and appoint someone with a better knowledge of the non-league game.
“But I’m going to take my time and won’t be making any decisions for a while yet.”
Tommy Brewer, an experienced head on young shoulders in the Swans team, believes the players could have done more for Forster.
He underlined what Boon had mooted and said: “To a degree it’s the players who have let him down. There are a lot of kids, not enough men in the team.
“We’ve had people like Pursey [Darren Purse] who have left us, who was instrumental in what we were doing. We just look deflated and when you are in that hole it’s difficult.
“It’s not like you can bring lots of players in to change it because we haven’t got the budget to do that. There are all these other teams bringing in players and we don’t seem to do that.
“Obviously, I don’t know about that side of things and I just go out on the pitch and do what I can do to try and help that way.
“I like Nicky Forster, he’s a good bloke and he’s given everyone a fair crack here. He’s just been let down. I feel sorry for him and I wish him well.”
Many of the Staines players are on contract so any new appointment would mean working with predominantly existing players, therefore Boon sees Spong as the ideal interim appointment.