We would like to thank Paul Halsey for his hard work during his time at the club. He has proved a very popular and successful manager, and has had a terrific impact at Hertford Town.

However, we have to think long-term and unfortunately the team’s poor disciplinary record under Paul’s management makes his position untenable. In 2012 our volunteers worked hard to achieve Charter Standard status for the club. This allows us to apply for grants and other investment opportunities to improve our facilities and grow as a club. To retain our status as Charter Standard we must adhere to the FA’s Respect Campaign and our disciplinary record is an important factor and we can’t take any risks. Besides that, however, we strongly believe that as a family club, fans don’t want to see brawling or players shouting at officials.

The committee have given the players and management every chance and multiple warnings about the seriousness of their record (142 points so far this season, bottom three in the division) but nothing has improved. This is why it was felt a change of management was needed.

The committee voted unanimously but every member also expressed sincere regret. Paul is a popular and respected figure at the club and his tenure as manager will be remembered fondly and he and his family will always be welcome at Hertingfordbury Park.

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