‘There are ambitions and expectations of supporters that can’t be backed by the club’ – boss Glen Driver leaves Braintree

PUBLISHED: 09:29 07 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:39 07 November 2019

Glen Driver

Glen Driver


Glen Driver has left the managerial post at Braintree Town.

The Ipswich-based boss and former Leiston manager has parted company with the north Essex National League South club after joining them in the summer.

The Iron are currently ninth in the table and were on a good run of form.

But they have lost momentum recently and were beaten by basement side Hungerford Town at Cressing Road in midweek.

Tony Kinsella, Driver's right-hand man, has also stepped down.

Tony Kinsella, left and Glen Driver, have left Braintree Town. Photo; PAUL VOLLERTony Kinsella, left and Glen Driver, have left Braintree Town. Photo; PAUL VOLLER

Driver left Leiston last season and was out of the game for a period, but joined Iron in the summer - the highest level of football he has managed at.

And many thought he was doing well in his new surroundings, despite a slightly disappointing run of results of late.

"I feel I've done a great job at the club and I've had people within football who I respect telling me that I have done a great job," Driver told the Braintree & Witham Times.

"But I think there are ambitions and expectations of supporters that can't be backed by the club.

"With the financial state of the club, realism needs to get into people.

"We've had the smallest budget in the league.

"I know that because I've spoken to other managers and they have all told me that theirs are bigger than what I was working with.

"It has given me a chance to enhance my own reputation with the style of football that I want to play and I've been able to give chances for players to step up.

"Some have moved on but others have been excellent and we put ourselves just outside the play-offs with a great chance of making the play-offs.

"I know one point from the last four games has not been great, but we have had some unbelievable results this year."

Driver is not likely to be short of offers to manage clubs.

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