McManus furious at critics of Fenmen's PDC boss

PUBLISHED: 10:59 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010

WISBECH Town manager Roy McManus has leapt to the defence of Chas Thompson who quit as manager of the club s Player Development Centre - and labelled the people he claims forced him out a disgrace. Thompson was instrumental in setting up the PDC two yea

WISBECH Town manager Roy McManus has leapt to the defence of Chas Thompson who quit as manager of the club's Player Development Centre - and labelled the people he claims forced him out a "disgrace."

Thompson was instrumental in setting up the PDC two years ago.

The PDC arranges for the best junior players in the area to play friendly matches and tournaments against professional clubs.

It started with one under-10 team but now has four sides, playing from under-nines to under-12s.

But Thompson and Rob Gifford resigned last week amidst a torrent of criticism from players' parents who claim the PDC has been neglected and their children had been left in limbo with not enough matches arranged.

Tim Buckenham has been appointed the new PDC manager.

Thompson claims his decision is due to work commitments, but McManus believes otherwise.

He said: "Chas won't say much about it, but he's been getting a lot of criticism from people who are not connected to the club and he wasn't prepared to put up with it any more. I believe it was his decision to quit and Rob backed him up.

"These guys have worked incredibly hard for the club - Chas would come home from matches at 11pm and be out for work at 3am the next day. But, for some people, nothing they have ever done is good enough.

"These people have forced them out of Wisbech and the people responsible are a disgrace."

In a statement published on the club's website, the Wisbech board said: "We appreciate everything that Chas Thompson and Rob Gifford have done on behalf of the club and feel they were pressurised into this decision because of adverse and unsubstantiated allegations by persons unwilling to reveal their identities.

"We feel that their departure can only be detrimental to the future of the WTFC youth policy.

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