08:55AM, Thursday 10 August 2017
BURNHAM have cut its ties with former England and Watford striker Luther Blissett after last season’s tumultuous campaign.
Blissett joined the club with the view of setting up a football academy, but later took caretaker charge of the first team following the departure of Gifton Noel-Williams.
There followed an uneasy parting of the ways when president Malcolm Higton brought in joint managers Mark Betts and Jon Palmer in an attempt to save the club from relegation. The decision was driven by Higton, and taken without the knowledge of Blissett.
Speaking about the situation this week Betts confirmed the u18s team had been withdrawn from this season’s Allied Counties Premier Division and said plans to open an academy at the club had been shelved.
“There’s no longer any u18s or academy at Burnham,” he said. “But we’ll be keeping our eye on youth players at Burnham Juniors and will be looking to get the Allied Counties side started again the following year.
“There is so much going on with the first team that everything else has had to take a side step. The club needs to concentrate on one thing at a time. Over the last few years so much has been going on that nothing really got done.
“Luther Blissett was a great footballer and England international and, sometimes, when someone like that gets involved there’s an expectation that they have a magic wand. But we’re all human, whether we’ve played for England or not.”
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