Sampson: Relationship with Corby chairman was slowly deteriorating

Ian Sampson
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Ian Sampson says he resigned as manager of Corby Town because his relationship with chairman Kevin Ingram was “slowly deteriorating”.

Sampson stepped down from the top job at Steel Park just minutes after his team had suffered their fifth successive defeat in the Blue Square Bet North on Saturday as they were beaten 5-4 by Bradford Park Avenue at Steel Park.

And he insists he had no intention of leaving his post during or after the game until he had what he described as “a confrontation” with Ingram in his office.

“I never had any intention of resigning after the game,” Sampson said.

“I was, like everyone else, very disappointed with the result and with the start we had made to the season in general.

“I had put plans in place to try to resolve some of the problems and I understand that one of those moves for a lad from Derby is still going ahead.

“But what I must say is the relationship with the chairman was slowly deteriorating from after the Brackley game (which the Steelmen lost 4-0).

“I had a conversation with him after that game and there were disagreements over certain players. But we got on with it for the next game.

“After the Bradford game I would say there was more of a confrontation in the manager’s office and I felt that he put me and some of my staff in a very awkward position when he started asking them for their opinion.

“That was something I took umbrage with.

“I would say that it was more of a relationship breakdown than anything else. It was nothing to do with results.

“It is very frustrating because Corby is a good little club.

“There are lots of people in there who work tirelessly for nothing like so many do at non-League clubs.

“But I felt my relationship with the chairman was only going one way.

“He obviously has his own way of working and I just couldn’t work for him.”

Chris Plummer, who was Sampson’s assistant, has taken over the reigns at Steel Park as Corby prepare for the long trip to Workington at the weekend.