BUXTON FC boss John Reed has paid tribute to his players, the club and the fans after leaving the club by mutual consent.
Reed’s departure after four and half seasons in charge was announced on Tuesday night after the Doodson Sport Cup victory over Brigg Town.
The move followed the club’s disappointing start to the season which has seen them slip into the relegation zone.
The Bucks have not won a league fixture since the 2-0 home victory over Mickleover Sports in late September.
Assistant manager Clive Freeman has also departed.
Speaking to the Advertiser on Wednesday, Reed, who joined the Bucks in June 2007, said: “Me and Clive have had four fantastic years. It’s been a bad start to the season, we can’t get away from that fact.
“This is a results-driven industry and if you look at our record in the league, we’ve played 18, won four, drawn four and lost ten so it’s dreadful.
“It’s obviously tinged with sadness because I absolutely love the club and love the people who run it. The club’s got great supporters who’ve backed me to the hilt.”
And when looking back at his highlights he added: “I’ll always remember Telford.
“Winning the first Derbyshire Senior Cup in 20-odd years was very special and getting to the play-off final on penalties was absolutely amazing.
“The last four years have been an absolute pleasure and we’ve worked with dignity and pride. We go with our heads held high and wish the football club all the best.
“If anything, maybe I am a victim of my own success. I’d just like to thank the important people around me, Clive has been an absolutely fantastic number two and a great friend, and thanks to Charlie the goalkeeping coach and Kay the physio too.
“I’ve been a lucky bloke to have been surrounded by some absolutely great players and some great characters.
“I’m disappointed not to have taken the club to the Conference North and I’d have liked to have won my tenth title.
“But que sera sera, we have to move on. I’m just going to have a couple of weeks off now and gather my thoughts.
“I might even do something completely different.”
Assistant manager Clive Freeman added: “I’m very sad really. I think we’ve had a good four years and a really poor half a season.
“I’ve got nothing but praise for the people up there, for the supporters and for the club. I’ve made some close friends and hope they will stay in touch.
“I understand that with football it is a results business and it’s just one of those things. We’ll be back and hopefully John will take me with him when he gets another job.
“I’ve got great memories. The highlight for me is Gregg’s (Anderson) penalty at Witton which got us through to the play-off final.
“Buxton will stay up, I’m certain they won’t get relegated, they’ve got too good a side.
“I’ve absolutely loved my time there but Buxton will survive without me and John and I’m pretty sure we’ll survive without Buxton.
“I’m optimistic about the future for myself and for Buxton.”
On Wednesday morning Scott Maxfield, who has been player coach at the club throughout Reed’s tenure, agreed to take charge immediately and for the immediate future.
And Reed has backed Maxfield for success, adding: “I’ve told him that if there’s anything I can do, or if he needs any advice, all he has to do is pick up the phone.”
Chairman Tony Tomlinson said: “The board wishes to express its gratitude to John for his services and for the commitment he has shown to the club.
“In particular we remember how well he did in his first season here to lead us to the play-off final and who can forget last season’s memorable FA Cup occasions at Telford and Fleetwood? We wish him well for the future.
“Maxi is certainly up for the challenge and is confident he can turn things round to improve our league position.”
On Saturday, Buxton take on Chasetown at the Silverlands, kick-off 3pm, while the following Wednesday, Worksop Town are the visitors, kick-off 7.45pm.
Chairman Tony Tomlinson has appealed for added support from the fans for these important league games.
He said: “We believe we can turn our season around but we need our ‘twelfth man’ to roar us on to victory.”