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Hollywood Angry At Bedworth Sacking

A bitter Billy Hollywood, sacked as manager of Bedworth United FC has accused the club chairman and vice chairman of being "cowards".

Hollywood, who had been manager of the Dr Martens League club for six of the last seven years, said:

"I feel bitter about the disgusting way this was done. No one will give me a straight answer.

"The vice chairman Wayne Morris told me I had a poor relationship with the chairman Peter Randle. When I said that was rubbish, I was informed I swore and shouted too much and that there was a bad atmosphere in the changing rooms. That is nonsense.

"I then telephoned the Dr Martens League news line and it said I had been sacked for a breach of club policy.

"I was called into a meeting last Sunday morning and went there not for one minute suspecting I was going to be sacked. The chairman, who appointed me for my second term as manager three years ago, did not say a single word. He left all the talking to the vice chairman.

"He then had the cheek to telephone me that evening to say there had been no problem with our relationship.

"There was nothing wrong in the changing rooms either. I know that the players and the physio John Robertson were asked about that, but they all backed me. In fact John, who has been at the club since the early eighties told them it was the best dressing room atmosphere he had ever known.

"They appear to have taken the coward’s way out. The club is in the top ten in the league with the next three matches against clubs below them. If they get maximum points from those they will be in the top five.

"I have had calls from clubs all over the country and from the players all saying they cannot understand why this has happened."

Hollywood says he wants to get back into football as soon as possible.

"I love the game," says the Scot.

The chairman and vice chairman were unavailable for comment.

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