Doughboys respond to poor start by sacking Watts

Ben Watts has been sacked as manager of Wellingborough Town just four games into the season

Ben Watts has been sacked as manager of Wellingborough Town just four games into the season

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Wellingborough Town will have a new management team in place for this weekend’s trip to Harborough Town after sacking manager Ben Watts.

Both Watts and his assistant Ashley Civil have paid the price for a poor start to the campaign that has seen the Doughboys lose all four of their outings.

And club chairman Martin Potton admitted that a change, even at such an early stage of the season, was a necessity.

He said: “It was a difficult decision to make for a number of reasons but we don’t want to be involved in a relegation dogfight.

“It’s not so much that we’ve only played four games but for the fact that I didn’t see any improvement from the first game to the fourth.

“We haven’t been able to attract any established UCL players and that is what we need.”

But despite such drastic action, Potton doesn’t believe the decision is a slur on the departed Watts.

He added: “I don’t think it reflects badly on Ben at all even thougbb it does seem like a short period of time.

“He had the end of last season and the summer to try and do something but he hasn’t been able to do anything and that is why we’ve made the change.”

Taking Watts and Civil’s place in the Dog & Duck dugout will be Joe Smyth and Steve Herring in a joint-managerial capacity with Mark Herring providing assistance.