Kimberley MW part company with boss Hemmings

Tony Hemmings
Tony Hemmings

Kimberley Miners Welfare have parted company with manager Tony Hemmings.

The move comes after the Miners were heavily beaten 9-1 by Blaby & Whetstone Athletic on Saturday, leaving them in 14th position in the East Midlands Counties League table having won just seven of their 22 league games this campaign.

Martin Lench has replaced Hemmings as boss.

Martin Lench has replaced Hemmings as boss.

Hemmings joined the club in September to replace Paul Rawden, and despite an encouraging start, no league wins since November have seen Kimberley drop down the standings.

Welfare’s general manager Danny Staley said: “We are genuinely disappointed to go our separate ways from Tony as he is a top bloke and a good manager.

“However, recently results have turned and getting a competitive side out has become a struggle.

“I have enjoyed working with Tony, he is one of the most passionate men in football and to be fair the distance he lived from Kimberley also made his job very difficult.”

Hemmings’ assistant Yosef Deiry has also left the Stag Ground.

Welfare moved quickly to replace Hemmings, with club captain Martin Lench appointed in his place. He will work alongside Dino Labbate and reserve team boss Andy Miller.

Lench is currently recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury which has seen him miss most of the current season.

Staley added: “Martin has the respect of all the players at the club and hopefully he can help bring a togetherness again.

“Andy Miller is Kimberley through and through having been at the club for over a decade and Dino Labbate has been with us since we joined the EMCL and has good knowledge of the level.

“I really believe these appointments will steady the ship and ensure the club maintains its step six status.”

Kimberley will host Radford on Wednesday night in the EMCL League Cup quarter-final before travelling to Gedling Miners Welfare on Saturday.