Dismissed Leiston boss Steve Pitt has hit out at the club after leaving Victory Road last night

Steve Pitt

Steve Pitt - Credit: Archant

Dismissed Leiston boss Steve Pitt has hit out at the club after leaving Victory Road last night.

The former Wivenhoe and Bishop’s Stortford man had only been with the club for 38 days and, despite his side winning 4-1 at Lowestoft Town in the Ryman League Cup last night, he was relieved of his duties.

And Pitt hit out at the club who he felt he had helped stabilise after a poor start to the season.

“Football is a results-driven business isn’t it?” said Pitt, who was appointed on Saturday, October 19 and quickly backed by captain David Head. “Especially at the likes of Step 3 where Leiston are.

“The club was in disarray when I arrived, I was given a mandate and I exceeded that. The team had won one in 12 when I arrived, we’ve won four of our last eight.

“On Saturday at Wealdstone, we produced what was the lowest point of my managerial time so far, (Leiston lost 3-1).

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“In the dressing room afterwards we spoke for about half an hour. I expressed my opinion and I allowed the players to express theirs.

“And that appears to have been the catalyst to what has ended up happening.

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“I’ll let people make up their own minds at what has happened next. All I will say is that I didn’t speak to the chairman after the game because I felt it was a dressing room chat that was needed after such a poor performance.

Leiston chairman Andy Crisp said: “It’s very unfortunate we have had to make this decision. It’s for footballing reasons and nothing to do with results.

“Steve is a good man but it would have been wrong form me as chairman to just give it another couple of weeks to see if things improved.

“Steve Ball will take charge of our game on Saturday at home to Enfield and we hope we can build on our result at Lowestoft.”

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