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Canterbury City Independent Supporters Club condemn sacking of Ben Smith in statement

Canterbury City's Independent Supporters Club have released a statement condemning the sacking of Ben Smith as manager.

Smith was removed from his position on Sunday on the back of comments he made in last Thursday's edition of the Kentish Gazette.

This was followed by suggestions that two clubs had complained to the Southern Counties East Football League, which the league later denied.

Canterbury City take on Cray Valley at Salters Lane, Faversham on Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey
Canterbury City take on Cray Valley at Salters Lane, Faversham on Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey

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CCFCISC media manager Dean Ellis stated: "The Canterbury City FC Independent Supporters Club would like to express its dismay and concern behind the recent dismissal of Ben Smith from his role as first team manager.

"We feel that the decision has been made far too hastily and against the best interests of the football club.

"We now end what has been the best season in the club's history since being reformed in total disarray and in danger of becoming a laughing stock within the SCEFL community and Kent Football as a whole.

"Ben has been a loyal member of this club ranging from player, coach and manager and leading the club to one tie away from Wembley was stuff only dreams are made of, the hard work put into that and the huge publicity and extra fans that have come from this, could now be put to waste due to this grossly unfair and unpopular decision.

"Finally the ISC would like to thank Ben, the management team and the players for a wonderful season and wish them all the best for the future."

The club cancelled City's final game of the season against Bearsted, which had been due to take place on Tuesday evening.

This was followed by a statement released on behalf of the players calling for Smith to be re-instated as manager.

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