Leighton Town board fires back at axed boss Eaton

Mark Eaton
Mark Eaton

Leighton Town have responded to former boss Mark Eaton’s comments in the Leighton Buzzard Observer in the aftermath of his sacking.

Eaton said he was ‘embarrassed’ for Town in the way they handled his sacking, branding them ‘shambolic’ in dismissing him so soon after bringing him to Bell Close.

Eaton was forced to rebuild the squad after the sacking of former manager Craig Bicknell in the summer, prompting all of the players to leave Bell Close.

However, the club have said they were disappointed in Eaton for ‘doing his dirty washing in the public domain’ in a statement released to this paper.

It read: “The club acknowledged that Mark Eaton was two weeks behind other clubs for pre-season preparations and had to build a team from scratch after the departure of Craig Bicknell.

“For the first time in three years the club was able to provide an expense budget and this should be sufficient for us to be in mid table and not hovering over the relegation zone.

“The committee are acutely aware that we are in the semi-professional ranks of non-league and when spectators pay to watch football it is our responsibility to ensure that the quality of product on the pitch meets the level of expectation of the paying public.

“We felt that we had been more than patient after being knocked out of every cup competition and having lost 10 of the last 12 games and with attendances dropping.

“As a result we had to take decisive action and dispense with the services of the manager and his assistant.

“We are disappointed that Mark Eaton felt it necessary to do his dirty washing in the public domain and it is the mantra of sacked managers to blame those behind the scenes.

“The morale of the club remains positive and if we can continue going forward at the same pace as the last four months we can once again be a force to be reckoned with in our league.”