I’m still in charge, says Wilkinson
Jomar Wilkinson has denied rumours that he has quit as Dandy Town's coach.
The former Town midfielder has been at the centre of speculation over his future as coach amid his team's abysmal start to their Premier Division title defence, with reports surfacing yesterday suggesting he had stepped down.
However, Wilkinson confirmed last night that he had not quit and shrugged off any notion of Town being relegated.
Town are bottom of the table after taking just one point from seven games.
“I have definitely not quit,” Wilkinson said. “This is my last season committed to Town and I'm determined to go out the right way — respectfully.
“I'm definitely not a quitter and I still believe we can get the job done, in terms of survival, with the players that we have.
“We have been in this position before a few seasons ago and recovered, and I'm sure we can do it again, so I'm not pushing any panic button.
“It's all about character, and I'm definitely up for the challenge.”
It is understood that Town players held a meeting among themselves at the club last night, while club executives were also said to have met for talks.
The outcome and reasons for the separate meetings remain unclear, with Willis Dill, the club president, unavailable for comment.
Wilkinson 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.
Town 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.