Kevin Darch ‘disappointed’ to see Richard Pears resign as Barnstaple Town manager

Kevin Darch said he was disappointed to see Richard Pears resign as Barnstaple Town manager.

Pears left the club following last Saturday’s defeat at Cirencester, which was Barum’s 12th loss in 19 league games.

Town are currently 21st in the Evo-Stik South West with 13 points and three league wins all season.

Darch, who will take caretaker charge of the club along with Dave Griffiths, felt Pears’ job went under the radar at times.

“I’m disappointed to see him go,” he said. “He obviously has his reasons for going and he felt he couldn’t take the club any further really.

“But it was disappointing to see him go because he put a lot of hard work into the club, and I don’t think the hard work was really appreciated to be honest.

“I think he felt he was banging his head against a brick wall and unfortunately decided enough is enough.”

During his time at Barum, Pears brought in a vast number of players to the club, and Darch said players leaving the club made Pears’ job even harder.

“That was one of the big problems. “Only two players stayed from the season before which made it hard to bring in 13, 14 players in a short space of time.

“I don’t think he envisioned having to do all that, but they made the decision to leave which made his job a little bit harder really.”

Darch and Griffiths will take charge of Barum’s trip to Larkhall Athletic on Saturday, and Darch said the club must now move on.

He said: “We’re still near the bottom and we’ve got some big games to come. We can’t mope around, we’ve got to crack on and try and pick up some points if we can.”

A statement from club chairman Jasmine Chesters read: “It is with sadness that Richard Pears has offered his resignation as the manager of Barnstaple Town Football Club and I have accepted it.

“Richard so wanted the team to do well under his leadership but feels that it is not happening. He is stepping down to make way for someone else to bring the side together to make all of the supporters proud of their team again. He wishes all of us success in the future.

“I would like to thank Richard for the tremendous hard work he did on behalf of the Club.

“He made great efforts trying to bring a virtually new side together and win games for us.

“I will be earnestly looking for new manager and hope the players will stay loyal to the Club in the meantime.

“We will come out of this stronger, more focused and ready to win matches. I would like to thank BTFC fans for their support now and hope that it will continue in the future.”

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