Billericay Town have chosen to sack ex-Portsmouth, Wolves, Tottenham and Fulham player Jamie O’Hara along with assistant Paul Konchesky.
The Essex based club, previously owned by the controversial Glenn Tamplin, who’s now at Romford, are 15th in the National League South table after a three-game winless run.
Ricay have collected just eight points from a possible 27 in their opening nine league games this season, saying on Thursday evening that an interim boss will be announced in the next few days, before they start a “comprehensive search for the new management team”.
The Board would like to announce, that following discussions earlier today, Billericay Town FC, Jamie O’Hara and Paul Konchesky have decided to part company. The club would like to thank them both for their contribution and we wish them nothing but the very best. pic.twitter.com/0rsLzGYTqO
— Billericay Town FC (@BTFC) December 3, 2020
“The Board would like to announce, that following discussions earlier today, Billericay Town FC, Jamie O’Hara and Paul Konchesky have decided to part company.
“The club would like to thank Jamie and Paul for their contribution and we wish them nothing but the very best.
“In the next day or so the club will announce the interim management arrangement and will start a comprehensive search for the new management team and we will be accepting applications.”
The former midfielder initially joined the club in a playing capacity in 2017, before taking on the role of player-assistant in January 2019.
He eventually became manager of the side in September 2019 and former England international Konchesky, who also had spells with West Ham and Tottenham as well as finished top of the Championship table with Leicester in 2014, began his time at Billericay as a player before becoming assistant boss in August.
The former Tottenham midfielder, 34, thanked Billericay in a heartfelt statement on social media.
He said: “Billericay Town FC is a fantastic club with great potential and I will carry nothing but fond memories of my time there as both a player and more recently a manager.
“I would sincerely like to thank everyone at the club for their support when I became manager last year.
“Following amicable discussions, myself and Paul Konchesky have decided to part ways with the club.
“When I arrived at Billericay in 2017 it was never the intention to end up coaching and managing the team, but having gained such a liking for the club and affinity with the back office staff and the supporters, I took it upon myself to take over the reigns following the departure of the previous club owner.
“I am incredibly proud that alongside my management team and the new owners we were able to work together to consolidate the club at such a difficult time.
“Billericay has been a fantastic experience for me and I feel extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to have both played and managed the club.
“I would like to thank all the fantastic people I have met throughout my time and I wish them the best going forward.
“My special thanks to Kim, Nigel and Nick Hayes for everything they have done for both me and the club.
“With love, Jamie O’Hara.”
JAMIE O’HARA’S CAREER:
1998–2003 – Arsenal
2003–2005 – Tottenham Hotspur
2005–2011 – Tottenham Hotspur – 34 games (2 goals)
2006 → Chesterfield (loan) – 19 games (5 goals)
2007 → Millwall (loan) – 14 games (2 goals)
2009–2010 → Portsmouth (loan) – 26 games (2 goals)
2011 → Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) – 14 games (3 goals)
2011–2014 – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 41 games (2 goals)
2014–2015 – Blackpool – 27 games (2 goals)
2015–2016 – Fulham – 37 games (1 goal)
2016 – Gillingham – 2 games (0 goals)
2017–2020 – Billericay Town – 47 games (4 goals)
2008–2009 – England U21 – 7 games (0 goals)
PAUL KONCHESKY’S CAREER:
West Ham United
1997–2005 – Charlton Athletic – 149 games (5 goals)
2003 → Tottenham Hotspur (loan) – 12 games (0 goals)
2005–2007 – West Ham United – 59 games (1 goal)
2007–2010 – Fulham – 97 games (2 goals)
2010–2011 – Liverpool – 15 games (0 goals)
2011 → Nottingham Forest (loan) – 15 games (1 goal)
2011–2016 – Leicester City – 138 games (5 goals)
2015–2016 → Queens Park Rangers (loan) – 34 games (0 goals)
2016–2017 – Gillingham – 25 games (0 goals)
2017 – Billericay Town – 23 games (0 goals)
2018 – East Thurrock United – 5 games (0 goals)
2020 – Billericay Town – 3 games (0 goals)
1998–2000 – England U18 – 6 games (0 goals)
2002–2003 – England U21 – 15 games (0 goals)
2003–2005 – England – 2 games (0 goals)
Fans reacted as Billericay sack ex-Portsmouth, Wolves, Tottenham and Fulham player Jamie O’Hara and his assistant Paul Konchesky…
So gutted jamie and konch are gone both top guys and was a pleasure to work for them always looked out for me at the club and me personally i will always be grateful to them wish them all the best will miss them terribly luv u guys good luck going forward
— n (@howe147) December 4, 2020
Nice one m8! Keep up the good work m8 👍🏻
— Paul Konchesky (@konch3) December 3, 2020
All the best 👍
— Ben Mapp (@BenMapp02) December 3, 2020
I am not completely surprised, thank you Jamie and I wish you well in the future
— Living the Dream (@bernard67822072) December 3, 2020
Thanks to Jamie for taking the job on in our hour of need. It’s a shame we couldn’t get the results we needed. Hopefully the Board will pick someone with experience at or around this level. There looks to be some very good candidates out there.
— John L (@JohnL_chat) December 3, 2020
All the best @Mrjamieohara1 and @konch3. Have certainly been at the club for some great times. @Mrjamieohara1 stuck around to help the club through a dangerous time and helped us stabilise. Sadly this season hasn’t gone well enough. Some decent NL managers available now 🤞
— Stuart Kerr (@Stuker08) December 3, 2020
Shame it didn’t work out, but the correct decision.
Good luck in whatever you do next.
— Paul Jennings (@billericaypaul) December 3, 2020
Thank you for everything @mrjamieohara1 has done for the club. Steered us through a period of uncertainty and got us through to the first round of the fa cup. Good luck for the future.
— Dan Sampford (@sampford88) December 3, 2020
Tough job full time on its own let alone trying to juggle 2 jobs. Current times where money is short, running a football club must be difficult but the club doesn’t need a big name at the helm just a committed experienced non league manager who isn’t scared of players egos
— Darren Bartholomew (@dazza3101) December 3, 2020
— FatHeadHammer3 #GSBOUT (@FatHeadHammer3) December 3, 2020
@talkSPORT there’s your “experts” for you
— Jim (@devilsred11) December 3, 2020
Very timely announcing this while he’s isolating. 👎🏻
— Matty (@matty_j_hart) December 3, 2020
Brazil & Mcoist are going to have a field day hearing this 😬🤣
— John Paine (@jp_brighton) December 3, 2020
Good times pic.twitter.com/I89xjdu4aE
— Angry Bilic #GSBOUT (@AngryBilic) December 3, 2020