Welling part company with ex-England and Premier League manager Peter Taylor with the club at serious risk of getting relegated.
Taylor’s exit from the club comes just over five months in charge, with his departure was announced in a brief 67-word statement on Sunday.
His final game in charge was a 1-1 draw at home to Bath City at the weekend, a result that left Welling just four points above the one relegation spot in National League South although bottom side Billericay do have one game in hand and had thrashed Hungerford Town 4-1.
— Welling United (@wellingunited) March 13, 2022
WELLING UNITED STATEMENT:
We are sorry to announce the departure of manager Peter Taylor.
The club is, however, grateful to Peter for all his hard work with a youthful squad since taking up the role in September 2021.
A new manager will be appointed in the next 24 hours in preparation for our away fixture in the Vanarama National League South on Tuesday (15/03/2022) against Hampton and Richmond Borough.
– STATEMENT ENDS –
Taylor joined at the end of September following a dismal start to the campaign under another ex-Gillingham boss in Steve Lovell.
He came into Welling who sat on four points from their first six games and departed having increased that tally to 27 points from 30 games played. His side however have only won one of their last 11 matches.
Welling have 10 league games remaining, starting with that trip to Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday night.
Neil Smith has again been linked with a return to the club he managed for a short time in the 2007/08 season – his final game in charge of Welling was away to Hampton.
It hasn’t been easy for Peter Taylor, with Welling United having one of the lowest budgets in the league, and fans are losing patience with the board / ownership.
Twitter users reacted as Welling part company with the ex-England and Premier League manager…
@NLSTube: Ah that’s a shame. As a Gillingham fan I like Peter Taylor (and of assistant manager Junior Lewis). They looked decent when I saw them few weeks ago against Chippenham Town.
@hallieboos: A good and decent football man, used to see him training the side over at Thamesmead whilst doing my delivery, full of passion for the job, hope he soon gets back into the game, as it needs people like him, with his experience and knowledge. All the Best Peter from a Dartford fan
@cfcblue1905: One down, one to go. Dont stop here
@RabidRobo: There’s Alan Dowson available but after Woking, I can’t see him interested.
@wingsmad: Goldberg is the problem,budget is far to small he has done nothing to bring new investment into the club, he has admitted he has lost interest, we was getting hammered every week under previous manager , Peter has done a reasonable job working under impossible conditions
@50pheadleif: As a Palace fan I feel your pain. The football must’ve been dire.
@Harry92430858: New manager: Mark Goldberg
@moodominey: It was an impossible job for Taylor. Don’t blame him at all for the position we’re in. Unless there’s a change of owner, a new manager won’t make much difference to results. #Goldbergout
@saundeel: This isn’t really good timing
@TommyWalklin1: Goldberg has to go. This budget is far to small. I’ve been saying this all season, either invest into the club or get out of the club. No one can say he invests into this club, you just have to look at the state of PVR. I couldn’t believe my eyes at the amount of tape around PVR.
@fcblu1: Steve Lovell’s ALWAYS available unless & until #Gills/Scally get desperate and need a caretaker
@PaulNew35259723: Sorry to hear this Peter. Palace forever
@BenjiHarrison01: MG is the problem… Plain and simple.
@Smudge1979: What’s he meant to do with the these tools at his disposal 🤷♂️
@DagenhamLegend: He had money at dag, still did fuck all
@TonyWarren34: Did he walk or was he sacked ? Tactics over last few games have been poor but squad not up to playing at that level or better football. If new manager will be in place for Tuesday something premeditated I feel
@ssnlive1999: Awful timing. Won’t do players confidence any good at all.