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Burley: My heartbreak
George Burley has spoken of the heartbreaking decision he had to make in resigning as Derby County manager and fired a parting shot at the board.
Burley's two-year reign at Pride Park came to an end when he quit yesterday morning, claiming his position had become "untenable."
The 49-year-old Scot said he reached the decision with deep regret and felt he was left with no option. He feels let down by the board.
Derby responded through chairman John Sleightholme, who said the club regretted Burley's decision and thanked him for his "considerable contribution."
The board also said they were "disappointed" that Burley had not made clear his "real reasons" for leaving.
This has amazed the out-going manager, who resigned almost 24 hours before director of football Murdo Mackay offered his own resignation to the board yesterday.
"The board have been aware of a major problem for the last nine months and have not been able to resolve it," said Burley. "They are very much aware of my reason for leaving.
"Even before I signed my new contract earlier this year, I was given assurances that if things got worse they would be resolved. The situation has got more and more difficult.
"We had a chat at the end of the season and there was a proposal to try to help the situation. I saw chief executive Jeremy Keith early this week and nothing had changed. I felt I had no other alternative but to resign. He apologised to me and thought he had let me down."
Keith admitted last night that the "problem" for Burley over recent months had been the role of Mackay at the club, a situation he said the board tried hard to resolve.
But Burley clearly felt not enough had been done.
"Despite several meetings with the chairman and Jeremy, at no point did they satisfy me that I could continue as manager," he said.
"This has not been an overnight decision. There have been on-going talks for the past six months to try to resolve the problem.
"I'm devastated. It was a very difficult decision to make because I have loved my time at the club.
"I have really enjoyed the past two years and I would like to thank the fans for the support they gave me and the team.
"Derby County is a great club."
Keith said yesterday's dramatic events had proved to be a very emotional time for everyone at the club.
"I feel very sad that we are where we are and that George is no longer manager," said Keith.
"The problem for George was his working relationship with Murdo.
"That is why Murdo offered to resign and he is now waiting for our response while we, the board, consider it."
Keith said the board had tried their best to resolve the situation, to no avail.
He added: "If the situation had changed earlier then maybe things would have been different.
"We had an agreement that we wouldn't let the problem go on beyond the current close season.
"Last season only ended a few weeks ago but unfortunately we didn't get something sorted out, although I feel George will accept that we have worked very hard to try and resolve his concerns.
"Big progress has been made under George and he's helped us take the club forward. He deserves a lot of credit and we all owe him a debt of gratitude."
Burley is keen to return to football management but says he has nothing lined up.
He is now going on a family holiday and is also due to complete his UEFA pro-licence coaching badge later this month.
So it seems it was all about Murdo Mackaay's position at the club, well I doubt that's ALL it was about, but tht seems the main reason. Seems a bit bizarre too me. There's a lot of questions that need to be answered, from the board and from George Burley, both are keeping very quiet on the subject, and seemingly changing their minds every few minutes, i.e Chairman John Sleightholme said Burley had not given a reason for leaving, Director Jeremey Kieth said it was because of Mordo Mackaay's position, and Burley has not said exactly why he left.
All of the board and Burley coming out and giving a true statement of why he has actually left would be nice, so the fans no what's going on. But I won't be holding my breath.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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