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Aldershot manager departs – chairman says club let ‘the whole town down’ following relegation

Manager Gary Waddock has had his contract as manager of Aldershot Town terminated following the side’s relegation from the National League.

The Shots finished 21st in the table, ending their three year stay in the National League which saw Waddock lead the club to consecutive fifth-placed finishes in his first two seasons back.

This wasn’t the first time he had managed the club, as he took charge of them in 2007 and 2009, plus won the Conference title in the 2007/08 season.

Chairman Shahid Azeem commented: “Gary has delivered in not only winning the National League in 2008, but in his last three years he has delivered two play-offs and leaves us with sincere appreciation, we wish him all the best for the future.

“On a personal note, Gary along with his family have become friends and will always be welcome at the club.”

Azeem also recently released a statement directed at the supporters and town after relegation was confirmed.

He said: “As a collective, we have failed, it’s as simple as that,” the chairman said. “From the boardroom down to the management and the players, we have failed and it hurts.

“We have to hold our hands up and I, for one, would like to apologise to all the supporters, sponsors, stake holders and volunteers who have put so much time, effort and energy in making this club successful.

“The supporters don’t deserve this, the town doesn’t deserve this, we let you all down.”

 

After the announcement, fans took to the club’s social media to give their thoughts, many said thanks for everything he’s done but revealed it was time he moved on – check out what more they are saying on the next page.

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