Dodd departure ill-timed admits Leamington boss

Matt Dodd
Matt Dodd

Leamington boss Paul Holleran admitted Matt Dodd’s decision to leave the club with eight games remaining had left him “bitterly disappointed”.

Dodd found it difficult to hold down a starting berth this term, with 13 of his 30 appearances coming from the bench.

It’s a disappointing way to finish.

Paul Holleran

And his frustrations appear to have got the better of him, with the Wolverhampton-born winger taking to Facebook to announce the end of his three-year association with Leamington.

He has since joined Southern Premier Division side Stourbridge and Holleran said the timing of his departure left a sour taste.

“We’ve got a difference of opinion,” said Holleran. “He feels he should be starting week-in, week-out.

“But to do the role he does, you need to chip in with assists and goals and Lee Chilton has done that well.

“It is a disappointing way to finish.

“Matty was a really good signing. He was tremendous the season we came up.

“He gave us good service and he was excellent value for money.

“But I can’t deny I’m bitterly disappointed. I’d have liked him to see out the season with us and then make a decision.”

Meanwhile, Holleran says little can be read into Solihull Moors’ heavy home defeat to North Ferriby United on Tuesday night ahead of tomorrow’s derby at Damson Park.

Wembley-bound Ferriby ran out 4-2 winners, but Holleran said the scoreline flattered the visitors.

“It wasn’t a 4-2 game.

“North Ferriby were brilliant for half an hour but Solihull brought it back to 3-1 and it could have been 3-2.

“The system Solihull employed played into North Ferriby’s counter-attacking hands.

“It happens. Solihull haven’t been on a good run but they have quality all over the pitch.

“Form goes out of the window when Leamington and Solihull play each other.”