Hill resigned from his post as Hornchurch manager on Saturday evening following
his sides 1-1 draw at home to Newport County. Hill had stayed on with the
Urchins despite losing most of his highly expensive squad following the demise
of Carthium plc which saw the money run out at Bridge Avenue.
To his credit, Garry stayed on after this and steadied the ship to the point
that the club are still hanging on in fifth place in the Conference South, but
the return of Karl Williams to take over the active running of the club once
again has seen most of the backroom staff that persevered through the dark days
Garry made clear that he was upset to see Gary Calder, Mick Ewen and John
Lawrence all dismissed by the owners of Hornchurch FC following the appointment
of new Managing Director Jon Smith. He described this as "disgraceful"
and pointed out that without those people the club would not have survived.
Garry stated on BBC Essex on Saturday night that "I'm not being
conceited but there's no point in me staying at a club which can't afford
me." Hill's assistant Kevin Hales have also left the club. Hear exactly
what Garry had to say here.
Hill's availability will leave a few managers in the Conference looking over
their shoulders, and strong rumours are linking him with Gravesend &
Northfleet who are currently struggling. Ironically the current manager at
Stonebridge Road, Andy Ford, was one of the favourites to take over at the
Daggers when Garry resigned at the end of last season. Gravesend visit the Glyn
Hopkin Stadium next Saturday.
DiggerDagger wishes Garry Hill all the best in his next job.
Jon Smith stated that despite the best efforts of the people who had been
running the club Hornchurch had been struggling under rising debts and that he
had been brought in to stabilise the situation and make the club self sufficient
once again. Smith stated that £700,000 worth of creditors have been settled
with this week. It is believed that this is the players, who went unpaid from
early November as a result of the withdrawal of the Carthium cash.