Moneyfields Reserves boss leaves Dover Road after 22 wins, two draws and 103 goals in 24 Hampshire Premier League games

Paul O'Rielly is looking for a quick route back into football after being relieved of his duties as Moneyfields Reserves manager.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 3:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 4:27 pm
Moneyfields Reserves (yellow/black) in action against Andover New Street Swifts last September - one of 24 Hampshire Premier League Division 1 games the club went unbeaten in under boss Paul O'Rielly, who has now left Dover Road. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

The 43-year-old was informed of the club's decision following the announcement of Glenn Turnbull as first team manager elect.

Turnbull said on Monday he will be bringing Lee Mould, currently the USP reserve boss, with him. Ex-Moneys striker Mould is now expected to take over the second string.

O'Rielly departs with an exemplary record, having gone undefeated in the 24 Hampshire Premier League Division One matches he took charge of after his appointment prior to the start of the 2019-20 season.

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Of those, Moneys won 22 of them - scoring 104 goals in those 24 games and conceding just 19.

Despite that, they missed out on promotion both this term and last because of the pandemic - though Moneys could still be rewarded in any FA close-season restructuring at the base of the non-league pyramid.

O'Rielly joked he 'must be the unluckiest man in the world' to be moved on given his record - but he understands the club's decision.

He said: 'It’s just very disappointing.

‘It’s a fantastic club with fantastic people there, it’s just one of those things unfortunately.

‘Glenn’s come in and taken charge of the first team and I think it just boils down to he wants to bring his own people in. That’s it, unfortunately, there’s nothing anyone can do about it. It’s the way it is.

‘That was one of the quotes, ‘I must be the unluckiest man in the world’, but there you go.

'We’ve worked hard for the past couple of seasons and we’ve been left largely unrewarded due to Covid, unfortunately.

'We’ve still got a lot of unfinished business and as a coaching team we’ll look to see if there are any jobs available and have a look to see if we can get somewhere.'

O'Rielly thanked all involved with Moneys for a 'brilliant' time at Dover Road.

The former US Portsmouth Reserves boss is now hoping to land a role elsewhere.

O'Rielly and assistant manager Kevin Hancock, along with coaches Steve Dalton and Simon Nelson, are keen to quickly get back into football should a position become available.

‘It’s been brilliant and they’re absolutely fantastic people over there,' O’Rielly added.

‘I’ve spoke with the three guys who’ve been doing it with me and I think as a collective we all want to get back involved as soon as we can.

'Obviously, we don't know what’s happening with the leagues and everything at the moment but we’ll keep an eye out - if there’s any opportunities then I’m sure we’ll put ourselves forward for it.'

There’s certainly managerial and coaching vacancies at US Portsmouth coming up …!