NCEL: Paul Marshall admits shock at Tadcaster Albion exit

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Ex Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall believes he still had another year of management in him despite being let go by the club last week.

Albion released a statement last Thursday stating they had opted not to renew Marshall’s contract after missing out on the league title and targets of silverware.

However, despite missing out on the ambitious owners i2is Sports’ aims, Tadcaster still enjoyed their most successful season under Marshall in NCEL Premier.

While Marshall said that the club had come up ‘a little short’ of late under his guidance, he did admit he was ‘slightly shocked’ at the timing of the decision.

He said: “I was slightly shocked really because from what I have achieved at the club I wanted to make decision when I left to myself.

“I wanted it to be in my hands to make the decision but they have taken the steps to do it. My only regret is that we did not win any silverware but it’s a hard thing to do at any level.

“One of my problems was that I have talked about retiring so maybe that’s gone against me.

“Maybe they did not think I was as committed as I should be but I thought I had another year in me so I was quite happy to have another go at it.”

Marshall joined the Brewers in June 2008 and, after a disappointing first season, guided the club into the Premier Division the season after by winning the title.

The boss added: “I hope the fans will keep going and support the team and new manager, whoever he may be, because Tad is all about community not the individual,”

However, Marshall has been offered a director’s role at Tadcaster Albion with the club’s chairman saying that Albion would not be where they are now without the ‘superb’ manager.

The club announced on Thursday they would be starting the hard task of recruiting a new manager immediately after not renewing Marshall’s contract after the season finished.

A statement released by the i2i Sports Directors confirmed that Marshall’s release was the ‘right decision’ for the club but confirmed he had been offered a director’s role.

A statement from the i2i Sports Directors said: “This is by far the toughest decision we’ve had to make since we took over Tadcaster Albion in 2013.”

The statement continued that ‘deep down’ the club hoped it wouldn’t end in this manner with chairman Matt Gore saying he hopes Marshall accepts the club’s offer.

He said: “Without Paul, there’s no way Tadcaster would be where it is now. He’s been a superb manager and I’ve enjoyed working with him.”