07:00 Thursday 26 December 2013

Rocester dismissal was "unfair": Mark Kavanagh

Written byDOM MILLS

05/10/13 Rocester v Kirby Muxloe - Rocester, UttoxeterRocester v Kirby Muxloe.manager Mark Kavanagh 05/10/13 Rocester v Kirby Muxloe - Rocester, UttoxeterRocester v Kirby Muxloe.manager Mark Kavanagh

SACKED Rocester manager Mark Kavanagh says his dismissal at the start of December was “unfair”.

The Romans won just two Midland Alliance games with Kavanagh at the helm.

A run of 16 games without victory followed the 4-2 home success against Continental Star on August 26.

And Rocester swung the axe after the 5-1 drubbing at home to Causeway on November 30 – but Kavanagh believes the club acted prematurely.

“I don’t believe it was fair,” said the former Rocester boss. “All the games in December were against teams around us.

“I was more than confident that we would not go down.”

Kavanagh also believes he bore the full brunt of the Romans’ poor form, despite inheriting a threadbare squad.

“I went there with (assistant manager) Ant Jones,” said Kavanagh. “All the decisions we made together.

“We got the job together and I’m the one asked to leave and he (Jones) stays. That’s disappointing.

“Also, when we went we were told seven or eight players were staying.”

Only three players from Dave Langston’s 2012/13 squad did remain at Hillsfield.

Kavanagh said: “Things I was told were not upheld.

“But it’s a great club with some lovely people. I think there are some things that have gone on in the background that have not been nice – not by the committee.

“There’s a certain person I won’t be talking to again.”

The former manager admits that his side were short on goals – a statistic new manager Dave Shaw immediately looked to remedy with the signings of Dan Brown and Liam Shaw.

“We didn’t have a striker,” admitted Kavanagh. “We were not creating enough.

“But I felt with the players we had to come back in, plus the players we were speaking to – we were in the process of putting seven days notice in for players – that we’d have enough not to be relegated.

“There are teams that I thought we were better than.

“The rub of the green was not going for us.

“But I was pleased they won (against Heath Hayes) and I hope the club goes well.”

Kavanagh may feel hard done by, but admits that he still has the managerial bug.

He said: “I’m enjoying my time at Burton coaching the under-14s. I really enjoy that.

“I’m learning a lot from coaching and the people down there.

“I was out of the game on Saturdays for two or three years.”

“The last club I was involved with was Rushall Olympic.

“We won promotion when I was on the coaching staff – so I can’t be that bad a coach or manager.

“If anything came up, but it would have to be the right club, and it would have to be a club with some money.”

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