Life is certainly never dull at Frome Town FC and the last few days have seen 2 heavy defeats, the departure of the manager and a couple of players and a whole host of rumours doing the rounds.
On Thursday the Club was rocked with the sudden departure manager of Josh Jeffries who stated;
“I have today decided to resign as manager of Frome Town. There are a variety of reasons. But I feel the club are currently a long way from being able to compete in the top half of that league. Since myself and Bunny (Nick Bunyard) came in a few years ago, and then Ben (Cleverley) 18 months ago, the club have had the 3 best seasons at this standard, so something to be proud of. But I just can’t see that kicking on now unless certain things change. I thank everyone involved for all their support and help. I’d especially like to thank all the lads for their effort and commitment over this time and they will be missed.”
Football & Operations Director Gary Collinson responded;
“Pretty much my worst day in football today on a personal level. There have, of course been other bad times but just when I thought we were getting somewhere we have to look at rebuilding all over again.
I can’t thank Josh Jeffries, his staff and players enough for their performances, commitment and tolerance over the last couple of years. It hasn’t been easy as we have strived to improve and will continue to do so.
When this season comes to an end we will need to decide on our future direction but as a Club we want to be competing at as high a level as we can – it’s a matter of working out how we achieve that and I’m absolutely gutted that Josh won’t be a part of that.
I’d like to regard him as a friend as well as a manager and he has gone beyond the call of duty and done everything within his power to make things easier for us – unlike so many in the past – and for that he will always have my utmost respect.”
Chairman Jeremy Alderman stated;
“This came somewhat out of the blue and whilst we are fully aware that there are things we need to improve both on and off the pitch, financial constraints have always made this difficult. We have already had interest in the Manager’s position which is to be expected and no doubt there will be many more over the next few days but we will not be rushing into anything, particularly with the end of the season so close. I would like to thank Josh and his team for all his efforts and please be assured I as an individual and Frome Town as a Club will be doing everything we can to try and convince him to change his mind. He has done so much good work at Frome and we want that to continue. We are investing heavily in the pitch and have just recruited a new Commercial Manager on Scott Fitzgibbon as there is no doubt that in reality the main thing holding us back is the finances. If the people of Frome can get behind us, and turn up to support there’s no reason we can’t overcome this setback and push on again.”
On the player front there have been 2 immediate departures, Darren Jefferies which was to happen anyway as he has moved away from the area and secondly that of fan’s favourite Jon Davies who has joined Melksham Town until the end of the season with whom he was already dual registered. We wish them both every success and thank them fortheir time with us.
“I’ve loved playing for Frome probably more than any club I have played for and think I have shown my commitment over the past 2 years turning down moves for more money to various clubs to remain at Frome. Unfortunately, now my situation means that I have to go. Thanks for having me, hopefully one day I will be back at Frome.”
Gary Collinson added
“We appreciate everything Jon has done for us and he is undoubtedly one of the best players ever to represent Frome Town. We thank him for his efforts and commitment, wish him every success in the future and hope that one day we see him back in the red shirt”