Why Dolby quit Sheffield

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An army of contenders will seek to step into the shoes of Sheffield FC manager Chris Dolby - who quit the world’s oldest club by text this week.

So says Ian Whitehorne, who is running the team affairs as caretaker until a new boss is recruited.

“It is a prestige job; there will be hundreds of applications,” he said. “Times are hard for everybody, but the club is on the steadiest footing it could be and people will want to come here.”

The departing Dolby had cited a lack of ambition and resources at the club. He is believed to have been upset that Sheffield could not hold on to three players in particular. Crowd favourite Ashley Burbeary quit after being offered a £750 signing on fee by Evo-Stik Premier Frickley Athletic and a pay rise. Jordan Eagers’s wages were upped at Staveley Miners Welfare. Midfielder Matt Outram said he was not enjoying his football and went to Handsworth. Dolby had seen other players come and go, but apparently felt those three were central to the team.

Club, who have also lost the full time services of ‘Head of Brand’ Guy Higton, still hope plans for a ground in Olive Grove can attract investment.