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Another Stafford Rangers boss departs Marston Road

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

Graham Heathcote

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RELEGATED Stafford Rangers are looking for their fourth manager in only eight months after Graham Heathcote left the club on Tuesday night.

The former Altrincham boss took over in January, but was unable to keep the Marston Road club in the Evo-Stik Premier.

Heathcote held talks with members of the board as to the direction the club would be taking next season in the Evo-Stik division one (South) and more importantly the new playing budget for the 2014/15 season.

And a club statement said: “We are disappointed to tell everyone that we could not reach a satisfactory conclusion and Graham will not be continuing in his role as manager.

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Graham did not feel able to commit to the club within the playing budget that the club could afford. Both parties were always aware that finances would be tight and our first responsibility is to ensure the continuation of the football club.

Graham accepted the difficulty he would encounter in recruiting players out of the local area and the additional costs that this would incur which made the budget in his opinion not viable.

We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to him for the work he has done in the short period he has been at the club.

This was not the news that we expected or wanted to bring you.

Our efforts will now concentrate on putting a new structure in place at the earliest opportunity and we will keep you all informed.”

These are very difficult times for Rangers and Heathcote’s decision now means the Boro are now without a club chairman, team manager and commercial manager and facing one of their most toughest close season’s for many years.

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  • mwj666  |  May 16 2014, 4:04PM

    Am I the only one sensing the potential demise of what, not very long ago, was one of the best non-league clubs in the country? I was thumbing through a 1950s copy of the Newsletter last night and they were complaining that the last Rangers home gate had been very poor at 'only' 2,327 - and that, in a nutshell is the problem, no supporters through the turnstiles = no income = closure. How you get the missing thousands back when everyone now spends Saturdays shopping or watching Premier League games is a question many a non-league club (and a good number of league clubs too) in similar straits would like answering :-(