Whitby Town manager Darren Williams has decided to stay, a week after threatening to quit the club.
The gaffer, who has just guided the Blues to their best EvoStik League finish in eight years, was furious at strong criticism of his striker Craig Farrell on Facebook.
But he made his mind up to stay at the weekend to continue the good work at a club which has consistently battled relegation up until his arrival.
“The progress within the club has been great over the past couple of years and there’s a little bit of unfinished business,” he told the Whitby Gazette.
“I’ve never walked away from anything and don’t intend to do it this way either.
“I’m not saying no-one can criticise the players but at least give them the opportunity to get back on the field.
“It’s a close-knit club and difficult when you know the person in question and see their comments – it’s difficult to take.
“I protect my players to the death but also feel it was kind of a dig at me as I brought the player in and he’s been hit by injury problems which every player goes through.
“At least give him the opportunity to come back.”
Williams left it as long as possible to make his decision to make sure it was the correct one. He always felt he wanted to stay, but said any further such vitriolic abuse aimed at his team would have to be addressed.
“I’m not saying people cannot criticise players – they can when they pay their money and watch games – but when it’s done in that manner, I do have a problem with it.”
Now Williams has decided to stay, he is looking at bolstering a squad which has been weakened by the departure of last season’s top-scorer Graeme Armstrong, winger Nathan Mulligan and midfielder Tom Portas.
“We’re not the wealthiest club and can’t take on who we want like some clubs in the area, but we’ve got a few coming down and will see how it goes,” he said.
On the plus side, skipper Mark Robinson, midfielder Lee Bullock are back for next season, ready for a “decent” pre-season programme.
“Hartlepool will bring a first team down with them which is really good from our point of view and will give us a good test,” he said. “It will be interesting to see where we are with that, and interesting to look at new players.”
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