Magpies: Dorchester Town sack boss Phil Simkin

GONE: Phil Simkin

GONE: Phil Simkin

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PHIL Simkin’s reign as Dorchester Town boss is over following his sacking last night.

His departure brings to an end a spell of nearly two-and-a-half years in the managerial hot seat at the Avenue.

Monday’s derby defeat to rivals Weymouth proved to be the final game in charge for Simkin, whose long association with Dorchester included spells as a player, reserve-team manager and first-team assistant-manager.

In a statement released by the club, Simkin was thanked for his contribution to the Magpies over the years, particularly the role he played in the team’s memorable FA Cup run and league finish in the 2012/13 season.

“It is with regret that the board of directors of Dorchester Town Football Club can confirm that Phil Simkin has had his employment terminated with immediate effect,” read the statement.

“The board of directors would like to thank Phil for his contribution to Dorchester Town Football Club over many years as a player, reserve-team manager, assistant-manager and latterly as first-team manager.

“His enthusiasm and commitment has been first class.

“He will be remembered for the achievements of the 2012/13 season with the enthralling FA Cup run, including the spectacular victory over Plymouth Argyle at the Avenue Stadium in front of the ESPN cameras, and for the best ever finish in Conference South, just outside the play-offs in eighth position.”

Simkin took over as boss from Alan Knight in April 2012.

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11:37pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Tonyglyn says...

You get a byline for typing one sentence and then copying and pasting a press release?

David Williams, I salute you!
You get a byline for typing one sentence and then copying and pasting a press release? David Williams, I salute you! Tonyglyn
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10:15am Thu 28 Aug 14

Hunter4 says...

I feel sorry for Phil Simkin. It was always going to end like this and he should never have got the job in the first place. Great servant to the club at the lower levels and we knew he never had the credentials at anywhere near this league let alone conference south and would struggle commanding the repect which every manager needs. The club have now lost a loyal clubman who always tried his best and was a good manager at youth/reserve team level which is where he should have stayed.
Its been a steep learning curve for this board, lets hope they learn quickly before inflicting more damage to the club.
I feel sorry for Phil Simkin. It was always going to end like this and he should never have got the job in the first place. Great servant to the club at the lower levels and we knew he never had the credentials at anywhere near this league let alone conference south and would struggle commanding the repect which every manager needs. The club have now lost a loyal clubman who always tried his best and was a good manager at youth/reserve team level which is where he should have stayed. Its been a steep learning curve for this board, lets hope they learn quickly before inflicting more damage to the club. Hunter4
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9:12pm Thu 28 Aug 14

DTFCSponsor says...

It's the board's fault for starving the playing side of funds. I'd rather see the back of them and the Supporters Trust than Phil Simkin.
It's the board's fault for starving the playing side of funds. I'd rather see the back of them and the Supporters Trust than Phil Simkin. DTFCSponsor
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9:25pm Thu 28 Aug 14

partsman 127 says...

you must be joking a very good manager Dorchester have lost the plot again will they never learn .
you must be joking a very good manager Dorchester have lost the plot again will they never learn . partsman 127
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9:29pm Thu 28 Aug 14

ksmain says...

DTFCSponsor wrote:
It's the board's fault for starving the playing side of funds. I'd rather see the back of them and the Supporters Trust than Phil Simkin.
I am not a Dorchester fan but I can't see the point of your comment. Dorchester have the same problem as a lot of non-league clubs - lack of funds and sponsorship - plus how can you run a club when so few fans turn up to watch each week, and even if you did well in the Conference South your gates would still not exceed 800-900 which is insufficient to survive in the Conference. Conference South is about as far as Dorchester can go really.

Poole Town will find the same problem as well.
[quote][p][bold]DTFCSponsor[/bold] wrote: It's the board's fault for starving the playing side of funds. I'd rather see the back of them and the Supporters Trust than Phil Simkin.[/p][/quote]I am not a Dorchester fan but I can't see the point of your comment. Dorchester have the same problem as a lot of non-league clubs - lack of funds and sponsorship - plus how can you run a club when so few fans turn up to watch each week, and even if you did well in the Conference South your gates would still not exceed 800-900 which is insufficient to survive in the Conference. Conference South is about as far as Dorchester can go really. Poole Town will find the same problem as well. ksmain
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