Stevenage FC in sensational twist: Chairman Phil Wallace insists he did not sack Darren Sarll – and wants to keep him in Lamex ‘technical’ role
PUBLISHED: 13:02 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:02 21 March 2018
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In a sensational twist during the unveiling of new Stevenage boss Dino Maamria chairman Phil Wallace insisted former manager Darren Sarll could stay on in a ‘technical capacity’ at the club.
Speaking at the training ground at Bragbury End on Wednesday morning supremo Wallace issued the extraordinary claim that he would attempt to keep Sarll on the payroll at the Lamex outfit.
The shock news was followed by Wallace’s maintaining he did not sack Sarll.
Sitting next to Maamria during the press conference Wallace contended: “Be very clear here, I don’t have doubts about Darren, as a manager or as a person.
“In all of the press releases we’ve done weve never used the word sacked.
“Darren Sarll’s not been sacked,
“Darren Sarll’s still employed by this football club. I’ve really got really good plans for Darren in other ways.
“I don’t see that Darren would be leaving the football club, I’ve still got very high opinions of him.”
When pressed by CometSport whether Sarll would be kept on at Stevenage and in what role Stevenage Wallace added: “It would be my intention to do so.
“In a technical development role – nothing to do with the first team.
“We get carried away in football this is a business which we’re trying to run and businesses are really good if they hire really good people.
“Darren’s a really good person so because he was first team manager for a couple of years which gave him great experience doesn’t mean to say he should be cast adrift.
“Why shouldn’t we use him in our organisation in different roles with that experience?
“Why do clubs just cast people adrift. It’s not really our style to do that. Those conversations are ongoing but its not a normal ‘you’re sacked you’re gone’ I don’t work like that and this club doesn’t work like that.”
Sarll who managed the club for two years between February 2016 until the weekend had a win percentage ratio of 36 per cent which stood in comparison to any of the previous bosses over the last decade and far exceeded the 21 per cent his predecessor Teddy Sheringham ‘achieved’.
Despite the club underachieving Sarll had brought through talented youngsters in Ben Kennedy, Mark McKie and Ben Wilmot among others and was looking for a promotion push next term.
However Wallace added: “Sometimes you have [part company] because the ending’s not good but if you’ve got good people – and Darren’s been with me for some years don’t forget – I would expect him and hope he will continue to still be employed.
“We’re having conversations along those lines.”
CometSport has approached sources close to Sarll for comment. More to follow...