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Steve Watt says he's been sacked from a job he never had after Billericay 'axe'

By Craig Tucker

Steve Watt says he is confused about being sacked from a job he never had.

Watt has found himself the subject of national headlines claiming he’s been axed by Billericay just a couple of hours after being appointed.

There’s just one problem - the job wasn’t his.

Steve Watt 'lost' two jobs in one day Picture: Steve Terrell
Steve Watt 'lost' two jobs in one day Picture: Steve Terrell

Watt confirmed he had agreed in principle to becoming head coach at New Lodge shortly after leaving his position as Maidstone caretaker boss on Tuesday.

He was added to the players’ WhatsApp group by owner Glenn Tamplin, who told him he would call that evening to confirm and that Watt should go into the club for a chat on Thursday.

But the call never came and Watt left the group, then read he’d been sacked for comments he’d supposedly made about Tamplin while in charge at Margate last season, something he refutes.

Watt told KentOnline: “I’ve lost two jobs in one day, which takes some doing. It must be a record.

“I’ve been sacked from a job I never had.

“I’m a bit confused with it all. Glenn rang me yesterday and offered me the job as head coach.

“I agreed in principle after a brief chat so he added me to the WhatsApp group and introduced me to the players.

“Then I got a phone call about half an hour later saying I’m going to ring you back tonight to confirm everything.

“It was clear he was backtracking on our earlier chat and I’ve not heard from him since.

“A few players put things on the group afterwards which made me think it wasn’t happening, so I left the group.

“I left the group, I wasn’t booted out, and I’ve not heard from him since.

Steve Watt had been caretaker manager at Maidstone. Picture: Andy Payton
Steve Watt had been caretaker manager at Maidstone. Picture: Andy Payton

“I’ve tried to phone him today after reading the stories in the press, but no answer.

“The thing that’s annoyed me is I’ve never once slagged Glenn off, or the club. If you look at my Twitter and any press I’ve ever done I’ve always been complimentary of them.

“I know who’s accused me and I’ve spoken to them about it today. If I’ve got something to say about someone I’ll do it to their face.

“I’m not the type who needs to do it behind anyone’s back. You know where you stand with me.

“I’d rather Glenn had just called me and asked me about it himself and I could have set the record straight.”

Watt has taken his ‘sacking’ on the chin and wishes Billericay well.

He said: “I don’t know how I’ve been sacked from a job I never had but I’d like to thank the players for their efforts.

“It was a pleasure working with the boys - it’s probably one of the best squads I’ve ever worked with.

“I wish Billericay and Glenn all the very best for the future.”

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