Saunders leaves AFC Portchester by mutual consent
Joint-manager Ian Saunders has leftÂ AFC PortchesterÂ by mutual consent.Â
His departure comesÂ less than a week after an alleged changing room bust-up with a member of the Royals squad.
Chairman Paul Kelly said Saunders had '˜lost the dressing room' as a result of the supposed disagreement.
'There was an incident following a game last week,' confirmedÂ Kelly.
'Obviously, some things were not working particularly with the players.
'But IÂ would like to thank IanÂ for all his hard work and commitment behind the scenes in his time with us.
'Mick Catlin will take the reins for the short term.
'Over the next week or so I will be sitting down with Mick and Jason Hampson to discuss a way forward.
'˜It is important that we settle the club down for the rest of the season.
'The most important thing is for the club to move forward from this.'
In Saunders' absence, PortchesterÂ suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat againstÂ Petersfield TownÂ in the Russell-Cotes Benevolent Cup at Love Lane.
Goals from Matt Rowlands and Will EssaiÂ (penalty)Â dumped the Royals out of the cup.
The Rams thoroughly deserved the success against their higher-ranked opponents.
Although both teams had chances in the opening 45Â minutes the half ended goalless.
Rowlands missed out for the hosts, with Joel Jackson and Kelvin Obazel wasting the best opportunities for the visitors.
Yet Rowlands made amends in the 50th minute when he struck to give the Rams the lead following an Essai cross.
Essai then extended the Rams' lead on 67 minutes from the penalty spot.
Fareham TownÂ exitedÂ the competition with a 2-1 defeat against Paulsgrove at Cams Alders.
MoneyfieldsÂ are in Russell Cotes Cup action tonight at Fawley (7.45pm).