Wilkinson sacked by Town
Jomar Wilkinson has been sacked as the head coach of Premier Division champions Dandy Town.
Western Stars Sports Club announced that the club has severed ties with the former Town midfielder, who had four months remaining on his contract.
“Please be advised that the Western Stars Sports Club has severed ties with Mr Jomar Wilkinson as head coach of our team Dandy Town with immediate effect,” Willis Dill, the WSSC president, said.
Dill said the club has yet to find a successor for Wilkinson, whose sacking was not entirely unexpected, given his differences with club management and Town’s woeful performance in the first half of the 2016-17 campaign.
The Premier champions are second from the bottom on goal difference having gathered only four points so far.
Wilkinson, the son of former WSSC president Cecil Lewis, is one of Town’s most decorated coaches, having won numerous league and cup honours during a highly successful coaching stint. However, his tenure at St John’s Field has not always been a bed of roses.
Relations between Wilkinson and club management have been strained in recent years and reached a tipping point last season with the coach slamming the hierarchy over a host of issues, including poor equipment and lighting at the team’s pitch. He also believed that there was a lack of appreciation from management over the team’s success in the top flight.
Wilkinson contemplated severing ties with Town after the fallout with management, going as far as engaging in initial discussions with Boulevard Community Club while a planned meeting with Somerset Trojans never materialised. He eventually agreed to remain as coach for one more season.
Last season, Wilkinson guided Town to their eighth Premier Division title and fourth in seven seasons. They also won the Charity Cup and reached the final of the FA Cup, where they lost 2-0 to Robin Hood at the National Stadium.
Wilkinson’s sacking comes just over a month after Town players and club management held meetings to address issues plaguing the team.
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