Rams issue statement in wake of Robson exit

Gary Lines, left, and John Robson
Gary Lines, left, and John Robson
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Petersfield Town’s clash with Hamble Club in the Russell-Cotes Cup tonight has been postponed.

The pair were due to meet at Love Lane just hours after the Rams parted company with boss John Robson.

Robson’s second spell in charge of the club, who are second-bottom of Southern League division one central, lasted just 28 days.

In a statement, chairman Graeme Moir said: ‘John Robson was stood down from the first-team manager’s duties on Monday evening.

‘The decision was taken due to the general situation within the club.

‘Things were not developing in the way we had hoped they would.

‘I am not going to go into the full details of this in public other than to say the situation required myself and the committee to look at what was going on and make a decision on the future direction of the football side of the club.

‘It is not a decision we have taken lightly.

‘Both myself and the committee have – in the situation presented to us – had to take a view on things.

‘And, as we always try to ensure we do, we have made what we believe is a decision that is in the best interests of the football club moving forward.

‘Action was required in my opinion and again we have done what we feel will give us the best possible chance of not only moving away from the bottom end of the table but to look at reaching mid-table stability by the end of the campaign.

‘I want to make it very clear our decision is not in any way a reflection on the ability or experience John has brought to the role.

‘I would like to thank him publicly for everything he has done for the club.

‘Myself and everyone at the club would like to wish him all the best for the future.

‘He is one of the most well-respected figures in non-league football in the area and, from our dealings with him, I can say this title is well-deserved.

‘However, as a club we now need to move on and forward with the aim of securing our step four status.’

Director of football Gary Lines will take the helm for the remainder of the season.