Stephens fears for the future of Town
FALMOUTH Town's shock decision to relieve popular duo Robbie Stephens and Gary Pascoe of their managerial duties has again left more questions than answers about what the future holds for this once great club of Cornish football.
The dilapidated Bickland Park terraces sum up what one of the county's 'sleeping giants' has now become – old, tired and in desperate need of some attention.
Speaking to West Briton Sport on Monday, Stephens spoke of his regret that he and Pascoe were not allowed more time to continue their project, all on, what he described, a 'miniscule' budget.
Stephens only joined the club in October, reunited with Les Gilbert, as the pair stepped in to replace Alan Carey in the Town hot seat.
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During the summer Stephens was then joined by former Truro City second team manager Pascoe following Gilbert's decision to take a break from football.
But only a couple of months into attempting to rebuild a squad that had lost the last of its remaining 'star' players during the summer, Saturday's 4-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Cullompton Rangers was seemingly the final straw for Falmouth's board of directors.
Before last night's game at St Blazey, Town had picked up just three points from their opening ten league games.
After Saturday's defeat at Cullompton, Stephens and Pascoe received phone calls from chairman Graham Medlin at the weekend informing both of the club's decision to relieve them of their duties. Bizarrely, Pascoe was then contacted again asking if he would be interested in staying at the club, possibly in a head coach role.
Pascoe revealed that nothing has been agreed and much will depend who takes over as manager, with Penzance boss John Dent favourite to take over today.
Having served Town as a player, Dent has a strong affiliation with the Bickland Park club and he admits it's an opportunity that may just be too good to turn down.
However, it will be a decision not taken lightly, with Dent having also built up a good relationship with the Magpies since taking over from caretaker manager Tommy Matthews last season.
Despite the disappointment of relegation from the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League, Dent has brought some much-needed stability to the club and his anticipated exit will come as a massive blow to Penzance.
The Magpies' loss would be Falmouth's gain and could Dent be the man to stop the rot at Falmouth?
In May last year the owners of Bickland Park, Falmouth Town AFC Limited, took over the running of the club, to save it, they said at the time, from going out of business.
The club has since parted company with Carey and a host of top players, including Matt Drummond, Mark Vercesi and more recently Jason Chapman.
And with Town already languishing perilously near the foot of the premier division table, it could be a testing few months ahead for Dent if he agrees to return to the club he's always wanted to manage.
He said: "I don't think it's any secret that Falmouth have been the club I've always wanted to manage, having played there for much of my playing career, but this is not going to be an easy decision for me to make."