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Phil Wallace on Maamria decision

10 September 2019

Stevenage Chairman Phil Wallace has today said that parting company with Manager Dino Maamria was a difficult decision, explaining, ‘’We made the announcement yesterday because we haven’t won a game all season and things haven’t gone as well as we had hoped overall..."

"Dino became a legendary player with the Club, served as an assistant to Graham Westley for several years and most recently was our Manager for 18 months. In all of those roles he gave everything he had to improve the Club and we thank him for his efforts.

“In his 18 months as Manager he will be respected as someone who worked extremely hard to achieve success for the Club and connected well with the fans. We had an amazing end to last season but, for whatever reason, we haven’t been able to replicate that. Everyone knows that this is a results business first and foremost and sitting here in September without a win to our name, out of the League cup at the first hurdle and second bottom of the League is not something we can assume will put itself right when some players return to fitness.

“There are no guarantees when you change management, but we believe the strategic approach of Mark Sampson coupled with the presence and energy that Alex Revell brings in his first taste of football management is worth having a good look at. We have told Mark and Alex that there is no time window to this temporary appointment, but rather we will be looking at their overall progress day to day and week to week, until we have a clear picture of what they can bring to the Football Club.

“It is most certainly a terrific opportunity for both to gain experience and make a mark on the football world, by setting out an exciting style of play and hopefully leading us to a successful season.”


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