Tidy and Molloy play blame game
"THEY say you should never burn your bridges in football, but I'm only too happy to burn a bridge at Banstead," explained Dave Tidy as he confirmed he had managed his last game at Merland Rise.
Already relegated Banstead Athletic played their last Combined Counties League game of the season on Saturday.
With only seven players, both manager Tidy and coach James Deacons were forced to pull on their boots for the match at Cove, as nine-man Banstead went down 11-2. The game was the last straw for Tidy.
"It was the most embarrassing moment of my footballing life," he said.
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"We started the game with a 3-4-1 formation but finished the game with just eight players after Tony Cuff went off injured.
"I cheered at the end of the match because I was just glad it was all over.
"As far as football is concerned I'm a broken man. I feel so deflated, as though I've had the heart ripped out of me."
Banstead finished rock bottom of the Combined Counties League Premier Division, and with Tidy adamant that he wants to stand down as manager, a row has broken out with chairman Terry Molloy.
Tidy lays the blame of relegation at the door of Molloy, alleging he didn't get the budget he was promised.
He claimed: "I believe it's the chairman's fault. If he had told me how much money I would have for players' expenses at Christmas I could have got people in for that budget, but I was promised money that I didn't get.
"With the budget I was promised we should have been mid-table but the players threatened to boycott our game at one stage because they were owed money.
"If you get told your budget is £30 you plan for that, if you get told you're getting £1,000 you plan for that."
And Tidy alleges Molloy still owes him money.
"I had to pay the players out of my own pocket for five weeks so I'm still owed that," the manager said. "I rang him on Monday but I've had nothing back. Terry didn't even come to the game at Cove, I think he's just buried his head.
"I wish I'd been a bad person to him but I believe I've gone about everything in the right way. At the end of the day he is a businessman."
However, Molloy believes relegation is Tidy's fault.
"I'm extremely disappointed that Banstead have been relegated," the chairman said. "It's the first time we have had any sort of relegation since the club was formed in 1944.
"I am very disappointed especially considering the budget Dave had. He has failed as a manager to get relegated with a budget like that."
Molloy also denied Tidy's claims he was owed money and that the Banstead's expenses budget was ever not paid.
"That is not true. I don't owe him anything," Molloy stated. "That is just his comment [that the budget wasn't paid]. I don't want to get pulled into a squabble with an ex-manager, which is what he is now."
Former Banstead manager and friend of Tidy, Graeme Banyard stepped into the dugout on Saturday and he believes Tidy should have walked away sooner.
"I don't know how Dave lasted the season there," Banyard said. "In my opinion there is only one person to blame for the relegation and that is the chairman."