Pegler Resigns - 25th July
Kevin Pegler has carried out his threat and stepped down as manager of Lyndey Town.
Pegler said last month he was considering his position after the club were thrown out of the FTL Futbol Hellenic League Premier Division because their ground was not up to scratch.
And after a summer of contemplation he has opted to quit and hand over the reins to assistant Neil Hook, who will take charge on a temporary basis. “People don't realise how much that stuff takes out of you, it's exhausting,” said Pegler. “I tried to carry on but I was so frustrated at getting relegated. I've nothing left in me.”
The problems stem from not completing promised improvements to the Swan Road facilities to meet the required standard for Step 5 football. Proposed developments such as floodlights, hard-standing and a covered seating area have not been carried out and Pegler believes the Recreation Trust, which must sanction any developments on site, have been hindering the club.
Lydney ended their first season of Premier football with 19 wins from 42 games and 67 points on the board, but their relegation gave a reprieve for Harrow Hill.
Pegler was bracing himself for the departure of key players and his fears were realised when Ross Scott and Danny Clarke followed the Hellenic League's player of the year Joe Macklin out the club. Macklin has joined Hungerford Town, Clarke has signed for Kidlington and Scott may move to Blakeney while goalkeeper Richard Thomas has been linked with Shortwood.
“Danny is a superb player with great ability for making and scoring goals,” added Pegler. “He's gutted about what happened last season and so is Joe. The core of the team has gone. It probably started with the loss of Peter Macklin at the end of last season. We missed his goals and his quality – he was a target man and brilliant in the air.”
The good news for new man Hook is, players such as Damian Edwards, Ricky Elliott, Jonny Kear, Steve Warren and Matt Timmins have committed to the cause, and Simon Holland looks set to rejoin the club from Lydbrook Athletic.