NIALL McAleer said quitting as manager of Strule United was the right decision for the club.
McAleer confirmed his shock resignation and that of his assistant Paul Logue on Monday and said that decision and the arrival of a ‘fresh voice” offered the struggling first division club the best chance of survival.
Strule are currently propping up the rest in the Fermanagh and Western League’s top flight having won just three of their 13 games thus far, and McAleer admitted it was a tough decision to walk away. The United boss said he had been mulling over his future as manager for a number of months.
“I met with Noel (Stewart, the chairman) back in October, the reason being that the ideas we were trying to get across just weren’t being transferred onto the pitch. I wasn’t blaming anyone, it just wasn’t happening,” he said.
“I wasn’t enjoying it and I suppose we weren’t getting any return for all the work and effort that everyone was putting into it.
“Noel convinced me to stay on but from Christmas I just wasn’t enjoying it, football was becoming a bit of a chore.
“There was a lot of frustration and obviously the league position wasn’t helping. I was getting frustrated, the players were getting frustrated at me getting frustrated, it was a combination of things.
“The last thing I wanted to do was walk away now. It’s easy walking away when you win a league but not in this situation.
“But I had to make a decision with nine games to go – do you stay on and drag it out or try and turn it? Even watching the cup game on Saturday I couldn’t see how it is going to turn with me in charge.
“I need to be the bigger man and hopefully a fresh voice will give everyone that lift, that spark to get them going.
“I one hundred per cent believe they are good enough to stay up. I just felt it wasn’t going to happen with me and Paul being in charge.
“Something had to give and for the best chance of survival there needs to be a plan B. It’s gut-wrenching
“We mulled over it. We can’t put our finger on it, it just wasn’t happening.
“To give the team the best possible chance – there are still 27 points to play for – this is the right decision.”
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