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Lakin is not bitter over Stanway Rovers sacking
12:56pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
BARRY Lakin is confident his reputation is still intact – despite being sacked by Stanway Rovers.
The former Leyton Orient player was dismissed last Wednesday night, after the club’s Essex Senior Cup exit against Barking.
At the time they had only played seven Thurlow Nunn League fixtures.
Lakin said he harboured no bitterness about the decision, although felt he deserved a “little more respect”.
He says he will look back on his time at the club with positive memories.
“I feel the decision says more about the club than it does me,” he said.
“And I’d like to think my reputation hasn’t been damaged or dented by what’s happened.
“It’s disappointing, of course, because I thought I was near the beginning of a two-year project.
“The playing budget was cut in the summer - which I never made a big thing of - and as far as I was concerned my remit was to keep the club in the division.
“It’s been a disappointing start but I’m confident I’d have had the club up in the top ten by Christmas.
“We were in a great position off the pitch, in terms of building up the youth side of things and bringing through a conveyor belt of talent.
“Morale was still very high but I feel as though the rug was pulled from under my feet.
“It still doesn’t make sense to me and I felt I deserved a little more respect.”