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Manager speaks on claims he’s left Dover Athletic

Manager Andy Hessenthaler speaks on claims he’s left National League side Dover Athletic along with his staff which surfaced this week.

He has insisted that he has no plans to leave the non league club and that he and his management team, along with 12-13 players, are under contract for another season.

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He said, as reported by Kent Messenger: “I have got a contract and I am staying, the same as my staff and the players under contract.

“I have had a couple of calls, as have my staff, that all the staff and players are leaving and I don’t know where that has come from.

“I am under contract for next year, along with all of my staff, and we have players under contract.

“The direction of the club? We can’t answer that because until we sit down with the chairman, once we conclude the season, once we know whether there is relegation or promotion, whatever, then we can sit down.

“He will say to me, ‘this is the budget’, and whether we have to go part-time or go full-time, and until we have that conversation I don’t know the direction of the club but all I would say is that I am not going anywhere.

“There is a challenge to be had. If we go part-time then there is a challenge there. I came into the club when it was part-time, we changed it to full-time. I have done part-time before and we have to work with what we have got.”

His side like so many in the National League are waiting for the EFL to make a decision one their leagues before coming to terms with how the table will be finalised.

Dover had eight games left of their season before it was halted and Hessenthaler felt confident they could have made the end of season play-offs. The chance to make them is now not possible.

“You never know, we could have sneaked in there,” said the manager.

“We had lost a bit of form but we believed in the group and still believed we could have done it.”

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