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Blues boss Adam Flint quits after just four months and one win

By Paul Winspear

Bishops Stortford manager Adam Flint Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishops Stortford manager Adam Flint Picture: Vikki Lince

Bishop's Stortford are looking for their fifth manager in two-and-a-half years following the resignation of Adam Flint on Saturday.

The 36-year-old former Witham Town manager quit after a 95th-minute goal consigned his side to a 3-2 defeat at Kingstonian.

Club owner Steve Smith and veteran striker Jamie Cureton take over on a caretaker basis.

It will be 42-year-old former Premier League player Cureton’s first job in management. The duo were due to take charge for last night’s Isthmian League Cup tie at Hertford Town.

Flint joined Blues only in May after Kevin Watson quit in a row over the team’s budget.

A brief statement on Blues’ website thanked Flint for his efforts: “The board of directors on behalf of the club wish to place on record their sincere thanks to Adam and his management team for their efforts whilst at the club and wish them all every success in the future.”

Flint managed just one win since taking over in the summer, a 3-1 August bank holiday victory away at local rivals Harlow Town.

His side took five points from their first seven Bostik League Premier Division games and went out of the FA Cup and Herts Charity Cup as well as losing all seven friendly games.

Aside from a 3-0 drubbing at Bognor Regis, all of the competitive losses for Flint’s team were by a single goal, but they regularly struggled during the first half of games and were left with uphill battles after the break.

Flint, who was unavailable for comment, was Blues’ fourth manager since Rod Stringer quit in May 2016. Gordon Boateng’s brief tenure ended the following October following a 3-0 home loss against Whitehawk, with Smith becoming boss alongside his former co-manager at Chelmsford City, Mark Hawkes.

While the pair spent heavily on proven non-League players, they struggled in Conference South, and with relegation almost a certainty in March 2017, Smith axed Hawkes and coach Cliff Akurang, bringing in Watson while remaining on the bench.

Watson lasted the whole of the 2017-18 season, but regular cuts to the wage bill as crowds predictably dwindled in a season spent in the bottom six of the Southern League and a refusal to up the budget following a transfer to the Bostik League saw the former Colchester, Southend and Rotherham midfielder depart to become assistant manager at Hungerford Town.

Smith and Cureton are expected to remain in charge until at least the end of September.


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