Date: Sun 05 May 2019

By David Simpson

Stepping down after 16 years.

Club Statement

It is with much sadness that we can announce that Gary Hackett has decided to step down as manager of Stourbridge FC after 16 years at the helm.

Gary, along with Jon Ford initially, became manager of the Glassboys in May 2003 and in an unprecedented period of success has guided the Club to two promotions, five runs to the Proper stages of the FA Cup, including victories over Plymouth Argyle and Northampton Town, three wins of the Worcestershire Senior Cup and the lifting of the Birmingham Senior Cup for the first time in fifty years in 2018.

This morning, Gary tendered his resignation to the club and has asked for the following message to be relayed:

“The timing is right for me to move on. It’s been an incredible journey, but to stay now would be for selfish reasons. In my heart, I have probably taken the club as far as I can in the circumstances, and I can leave now on my own terms.

This isn’t a knee-jerk reaction to one result, but a considered decision in view of the events of the last week or so and in truth I need a fresh challenge. I’ll take a break from the game but hopefully, come back into it in the future with renewed energy.

“I would like to thank everybody for their help and support over the years in helping to create some amazing memories. Jon and I took over in difficult circumstances in 2003 with very few players remaining from the previous season and operating on a tight budget and we had to put together a competitive side quite quickly, so I take immense satisfaction from how far myself and others have been able to move the Club forward, both on and off the pitch.

It’s been tremendous to watch the club’s fanbase grow in numbers and galvanise in strength during my time in charge. I will always look back with pride on the day we had at Wycombe in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup and see the away end packed with supporters and I’ll never forget the backing we received that afternoon before, during and after the match.

“I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to my support staff and backroom team