Derek Williams returns as manager for Wellington Football Club as Dave Priday quits (From Hereford Times)
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Derek Williams returns as manager for Herefordshire-based Wellington Football Club, in West Midlands League Premier Division, as Dave Priday quits
12:30pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
WELLINGTON have turned to a club stalwart after the shock resignation of manager Dave Priday.
Derek Williams is back at the helm, only just over a season after standing down himself from the first-team manager’s post.
“Dave Priday resigned last Thursday, before our match with Dudley Town,” said chairman Phil Smith.
“It’s a big disappointment and it came right out of the blue.
“The season had not yet really got going as we had only played eight league games plus an FA Vase tie.
“Dave said that he was not comfortable with the response of the players after we lost in the FA Vase at Pershore and decided that he could not carry on.
“We had a meeting and asked Derek if he would have a re-think and come back into the manager’s job.
“He feels that is now sufficiently rested to take the job back on and will focus on the playing squad and getting the team out.
“Some of the remaining duties will be taken on by other people.”
Williams takes over a side in 11th place in the table after their ninth league match of the season ended in a 6-1 home reverse to Dudley Town.
“It was just one of those days when we didn’t get going,” said chairman Smith.
“It was a poor defensive display by us and they were quite a good side with a bit more experience than us.”
Matters could hardly have started worse for Wellington with Dudley taking the lead inside the first minute.
“There was a poor back pass and a poor clearance from our goalkeeper Craig Hill which just hit a Dudley forward and rebounded into the net,” said Smith.
“That was just how the day went for us. Out of six goals that they scored, we really gifted them all.”
Wellington were four goals adrift at the interval but missed a great chance to pull one back just before the break.
“Paul Jones had a penalty saved but the referee said to take it again,” said Smith. “And the goalkeeper saved it again.”
Dudley increased their lead early in the second period and, although Jones did pull a goal back for the home side, it was not a sign of much improvement.
“There was a mistake by full-back Jamie Yau and Dudley rounded it off with a sixth goal,” said Smith.
“In the end, we were just easy meat for them.
“Now we’re all delighted that Derek is back in charge. “We were all in need of a bit of a morale-boost before this Saturday’s away game with Bustleholme.”
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