Ex-boss denies acting against club policy

FORMER Alnwick Town manager Danny Olson says he wants to ‘put the record straight’ after his departure from the club.

Mr Olson and assistant Rob Marshall parted company with Northern League Town in February.

Club chairman Tom McKie told the Gazette last week that the duo wanted to bring in new players, which he felt would go against the policy of using local lads – many of who have come through the junior ranks – and feared it could lead to the unprecedented move of paying players.

But Mr Olson hit back, saying that while he wanted to bring in two players from Tyneside, as well as others from Amble, Rothbury and Morpeth, which “in Northern League terms, I thought was local”, he wanted to keep around 13 members of the current squad.

He said that paying players was ‘never discussed’ and potential new recruits were ‘well aware’ that there was no budget at the club and the most they could expect was travel expenses.

He claimed this approach was agreed by club officials, but a sudden U-turn by Town lead to their departure two days later.

Mr McKie said he didn’t wish to comment on the claims but thanked the pair for their time at the club and wished them well for the future.