Sacked boss reckons Hawks were too hasty

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The Hawks were too hasty in sacking their management team after just nine league games.

That is the opinion of departing manager Stuart Ritchie, who was shown the door along with assistant Barry Blankley yesterday.

The former AFC Totton boss admitted results have not been good enough since he took control in the summer.

The Hawks have won just one of their opening nine league matches, while they crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of Southern League south & west outfit North Leigh.

However, Ritchie reckons turning the club around was always going to be a long-term project.

The Hawks escaped relegation in the dying seconds of the final match last season.

And Ritchie insists there was never going to be a quick fix to the problems at Westleigh Park.

‘At the end of the day, when I first came to the club, I was given a two-year remit to turn things around,’ he said.

‘The results have not been good and the club knew the problems.

‘After nine league games, I can’t think of any manager who could have turned it around that quick.

‘We were still stuck with players from the previous regime and we had new players in the wings waiting to come.

‘But some of the players we expected to perform have not.

‘There are no excuses because the buck stops with us but to judge us on nine league games is unfair.’

Ritchie is, however, keen to move on as quickly as possible.

He added: ‘I have a two-year contract and we will need to come to some sort of understanding, so both parties can move on.’