We can confirm that first team manager Steve Conroy has left the club by mutual consent.
Steve joined us along with assistant Liam Walsh back in the summer, following a successful season at Kings Langley. However, following a run of adverse results, it was mutually agreed that Steve and Liam would step down with immediate effect.
Club chairman Tony Gale;
“In all my time in football, I don’t think I’ve ever had to make a harder decision than the one the board and I have made today. We all agreed that results haven’t been what they should be recently and that we had to do something to turn it around. I want to go on record to say that Steve Conroy is one of the best people I’ve ever worked with in football, he’s a very intelligent man who has all the integrity and honesty that one would want to see, not just in football but in life. I so desperately wanted this to work out for Steve, but unfortunately the run of results over the past few weeks meant we all agreed that it was time for a change. I want to wish Steve, his assistant Liam Walsh and their families all the very best in the future, and I can honestly say that Steve is a person that I will always keep in touch with.
While we take time to decide on a new permanent manager, Justin Skinner and Kevin Foster have agreed to take charge of first team affairs on an interim basis. Justin coming in gives us a bit of thinking time, he has a wealth of experience at non-league and professional level and all fans of the club will already know what he can offer, having come in and helped steady the ship with a third of the season to go last year. His experience was vital in us eventually keeping our step 3 status. He will be assisted by Kevin Foster, who everyone at the club knows extremely well. We’d like to thank Justin and Kevin for taking this on at such short notice.”
“After a conversation today with the club, we reached an agreement that I would, with regret, step down as manager of Walton Casuals Football Club.
I knew it was a tough project when taking over, having to rebuild a team from scratch. However, that did not deter me and I was very pleased with what my assistant Liam and myself have produced in a short space of time.
I would just like to say thank you to Walton Casuals Football Club for giving me the opportunity to manage the club, albeit for only a brief spell. Thanks to the Board and all the people behind the scenes for making it a pleasurable one.
The players were fantastic and gave it everything in every aspect. My back room team of Liam Walsh, Chris Winton, Matt Flynn and Elliot Minto were also fantastic.
I also need to extend a special thanks to Tony Gale, Duncan and Paul Saunders, Dave Nash, Gus Schofield, Ray Hole, Doug McClelland, John Butler, Kelly Jade Whelan, and in particular, Steve Haughney.
I have some very fond memories to take away and squeezed so much into the short space of time I was here.
I will be coming down to see you from time to time to catch up and I wish the club all the success for the future.
Everyone at the football club would like to thank Steve and Liam for all their hard work over the past few months and we wish them nothing but the best in the future.
An announcement regarding a new permanent manager will be made in due course, no further statement will be made until then.