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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Barrow bound to silence on Sheridan

BARROW AFC officials say they cannot discuss any details surrounding Darren Sheridan’s departure from Holker Street for legal reasons.

Sheridan left his role as Bluebirds joint-boss by mutual consent at the weekend, following an internal investigation into allegations made to the board of directors.

The club will not divulge why Sheridan has gone – a stance which has angered supporters, who have contacted the Evening Mail by phone, email and website comments demanding the board comes clean.

The 44-year-old ex-Barnsley and Oldham midfielder enjoyed a successful five-year reign at AFC with co-manager Dave Bayliss, and was a popular figure among supporters.

But director Tony Keen made it clear last night the board cannot go public on the reasons for his departure.

He said: “It is unfortunate, but due to the legal complexities of the case, we cannot discuss any details of this issue.”

One fan, Brian Norris, told the Mail: “Don’t they realise that this silence is only going to get people’s backs up?

“I’m worried about what effect the board’s silence will have on the next home attendance, because they have complained about the lack of supporters and the need to increase gates, but I think this is going to absolutely crucify attendance figures.”

Fellow supporter John Cornthwaite added: “I used to be a club member and one of the chairman Brian Keen’s favourite sayings was: ‘We’re whiter than white – everything that’s going on we’ll let you know about’.”

John’s brother Jeff said: “Barrow AFC should be letting the public know what is going on because it’s a community club.”

Bayliss, whose side face financially-stricken Kettering Town at home this Saturday, said experienced players such as Gavin Skelton and Robin Hulbert, are going to help out with coaching following Sheridan’s exit.

The Bluebirds face three Blue Square Bet Premier home games in the space of eight days, with the Kettering match followed by the visits of Luton on Tuesday and Forest Green the following Saturday.

Have your say

wonder why this hasn't been a police matter seeing as it was so serious!!

Posted by Len Jones on 18 February 2012 at 15:55

what is wrong with you people you have a right to know what has happened with sheridan, maybe its something the club are hiding & not sheridan, let the fans know mr keen

Posted by adrian harrison on 18 February 2012 at 01:18

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