Football: Managerial duo to stay

PUBLISHED: 11:53 16 February 2006 | UPDATED: 11:33 04 May 2010

Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor

ELY City have moved this week to quash speculation that their management team was set to quit the club. Joint managers Steve Taylor and Dennis Lightning have denied rumours they were set to walk out of the Unwin Ground, following a heated discussion betwe

Dennis Lightning

ELY City have moved this week to quash speculation that their management team was set to quit the club.

Joint managers Steve Taylor and Dennis Lightning have denied rumours they were set to walk out of the Unwin Ground, following a heated discussion between them and members of the board after Saturday's home defeat to Haverhill.

Taylor and Lightning met with the board on Monday night, and any problems between the two parties now appear to have been resolved.

Taylor said: "There was a discussion between myself, Dennis and the chairman after Saturday's game - a heated exchange of views. It all happened in the heat of the moment.

"But we had a meeting with the board on Monday night and we can now put the rumours to bed. We are still in charge and we have a clear plan for what we want to achieve. We can now plan for next season."

Following Saturday's discussion, rumours appeared on the internet the next day suggesting Taylor and Lightning had quit.

But Taylor confirmed that they had no such intention, and added: "The club has assured us it wants us here for the long haul and we'd like to be here for the long haul.

"All the rumours were water off a duck's back to us. If we can't stand up to that type of thing, then we shouldn't be in the job.

"I think the whole club is pleased with the way things are going. The only thing which probably hasn't worked out this season is that our cup runs haven't been as long as we'd like them to be. But there's still 39 points up for grabs in the league and we won't give up on promotion until it's a mathematical impossibility."

Chairman Bob Button called the rumours "ridiculous", and confirmed that one application had been received for the manager's position.

"We've ironed out all the problems and myself, as a chairman, and the committee are pleased that Dennis and Steve are carrying on.

"We give our full support to them and the team."

Taylor was appointed sole manager of the Robins in early 2004, after previously sharing managerial duties with Martin Pammenter.

Lightning was brought in as an assistant later that year, but was promoted to joint-manager by the end of last season.

To date, the pair helped the Robins win the First Division Knock-Out Cup in 2005.

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