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Jay Saunders could be leaving Margate this weekend

Jay Saunders’ Margate future is still up in the air with just days of the season remaining.

Saunders has held talks over a new deal but there’s no agreement in place.

It means the former Maidstone boss could be in charge for the last time when Gate finish the Bostik Premier campaign at Harlow on Saturday.

Margate manager Jay Saunders Picture: Don Walker
Margate manager Jay Saunders Picture: Don Walker

Saunders saved Margate from relegation after taking over in February, winning seven of his first nine games, and always said he would talk to the club.

But he’s asked for certain assurances on the football side, which are yet to be agreed.

Saunders said: “I’ve no idea what’s happening, to be honest.

“I had a chat with the club last week to discuss a few things and I’m waiting to hear back from them.

“Unless something happens I’ll be leaving after Saturday.

“They put something to me, I went back, as you do, and it goes back and forth.

“With the owner out of the country it does take longer but they know my feelings.

“It’s not about money. When you say you’re having talks people assume it’s about money but that’s not the case.

“It’s certain things on the football side and the direction of the club.

“I want to make sure we want the same things.

“If something’s agreed, great, and if not, I’ll move on after Saturday.

Jay Saunders has led Margate to Bostik Premier safety Picture: Don Walker
Jay Saunders has led Margate to Bostik Premier safety Picture: Don Walker

“Things could have been sorted a lot quicker.

“The owner’s out of the country and he has a lot going on, which I totally get.

“He’s got a lot on his plate with the plans for the ground and the hotel and everything.”

There’s been enquiries from other clubs but Margate are in pole position if they want Saunders to stay.

He added: “I’ve had contact from a few other clubs but I’m speaking to Margate and we’ll see what happens.

“I’ve always made it clear if there’s a chance to manage higher then I’d love to do that.

“That’s no disrespect to Margate because every manager wants to work as high as they can.

“If something can be agreed here I’m happy to stay but we’re not quite there yet.

“Whether it’s me or someone else, this club needs stability.

“You’ve only got to look at the number of managers and players they’ve been through in recent years.

“The fans haven’t been able to relate to many people because of all the comings and goings.”

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