Saints are rocked by Coad departure

Saints are rocked by Coad departure

Craig Coad.

By Gareth Davies

28th April 2021

St Stephen player-manager Craig Coad has resigned from his post with immediate effect, amid fears Saints may have to pull out of the ongoing East Cornwall Premier League (ECPL) Cup due to an injury crisis.

Club stalwart Coad replaced previous long-serving boss Jason Prynne last summer and despite the 2020-21 ECPL campaign being declared null and void owing to the third national lockdown, Saints had applied and were confident of gaining promotion into the St Piran League for 2021-22.

When football was allowed to return in late March, St Stephen entered the ECPL Cup and had played two group games to date which included wins over Newquay reserves (2-1) and Veryan (5-1).

However, with a mounting list of player unavailability, Saints were forced to concede their latest match against St Newlyn East which was due to take place last night (Tuesday). Shortly after this match was cancelled, Coad also announced that he would be stepping down from the Rec hot seat.

“I run two kids football teams and they have all started again now. My youngest boy is playing for another team too so last weekend, I took in four games - I can’t do that anymore.

“That is too much for one man and either the senior football had to go or the kids.

Obviously kids are far more important so that is what has gone.

“I’m undecided what to do in terms of playing, but if I do continue playing, it will probably be Duchy football where I can lace my boots up, play, then go home again.”
Coad’s departure was followed by secretary John Le Masurier intending to follow suit, with a gloomy future for the club painted. These fears were played down by Coad.

“I have been with St Stephen since I was 14 and it is just a case of getting it out there that we need a new manager,” he added. “We put in for promotion to the St Piran League and hopefully, that may still happen.”