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Selby Town boss Ian Dring resigns in row over expenses
A ROW over expenses has seen Selby Town managerial duo Ian Dring and Chris Glarvey quit the club.
A Robins statement declared the pair had left “by mutual consent” but Dring says they have resigned because the Flaxley Road outfit refused to pay petrol costs for them to travel to and from games.
The announcement was made following the 2-0 loss to Clipstone which saw Selby drop to 11th in the Northern Counties East League division one table.
Dring claims his and Glarvey’s decision to quit was made before that encounter.
“I can’t afford to put fuel in my own car,” said the departed boss. “It is costing us £20 every time to travel. It has been like that for weeks and weeks. Every now and then they have given us £20. We love the club, we love the players and the supporters there, but it has come to the end.
“We can’t run our cars on fresh air. We travel from Rotherham. We go all over the country. You can’t afford to do it.
“They (the club) agreed we would get expenses. They have been hit and miss with it and you just get fed up with it.”
Dring added: “We haven’t bailed out. The decision was made last week as to us resigning. The only reason we have resigned is because they are not prepared to pay our petrol to and from games.”
Former Nottingham Forest and Mansfield player Dring took over at Selby in November last year with the club anchored to the bottom of the division one table.
They were still 14 points adrift in early February, but Dring kept them up comfortably and guided them into the top half of the table this term.
A Robins statement said: “The club would like to thank them both for their work and commitment in turning round the fortunes of the club when they joined last term.
“We wish them well as the search begins (for a new manager).”
Asked specifically about Dring’s claims regarding petrol expenses, Selby club secretary Tommy Arkley said: “We told him back when he came into the club that there was no money. They took the job on that basis. I’ve been involved as secretary since 1999 and I haven’t received a penny. I travel to nearly all the games and I have never asked for money.
“I do it for the love of the game. When we appointed them, they came with that in mind. We have helped them out at odd times but the club is in serious debt. We are trying to keep the club going.”
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