Scott Oliver quits as Hebburn Town boss

Scott Oliver
Scott Oliver

Hebburn Town are looking for a new manager after Scott Oliver dramatically resigned just two weeks into the new season.

Oliver, who had been in charge of the Hornets for more than three years, decided to step down in the aftermath of a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Easington Colliery in midweek.

It ends a long association with the outfit for Oliver, who served as a player and coach with his hometown club for more than a decade.

He told the Gazette: “I’m not going to say the usual stuff, like work commitments have made me resign.

“The truth is that it’s down to me, really. I’ve stopped enjoying it.

“It’s nothing to do with results. In 10 days, when lads return from holidays, we have a good squad but it’s affecting me too much now.

“Maybe seven years as a Northern League manager has drained me.”

Oliver was in charge at Birtley Town for several seasons until answering an SOS to manage the club he’d served in a couple of spells as a manager.

When he took over the reins on the eve of the 2013/14 campaign, he was virtually no squad after most of the players followed former boss Paul Bennett to Jarrow Roofing.

Despite pulling together a team, and a valiant effort both on and off the pitch, Oliver was unable to keep Hebburn in Division One, but managed to keep the majority of his young squad together after relegation and they came within a whisker of promotion the following season, finishing fifth after being pipped for a top three spot in the last week of the campaign.

Last season was disappointing mid-table finish, and after an opening-day win over Blyth this time around, Hebburn have lost their last two games. Chris Thompson looks set to be in charge for tomorrow’s trip to Thornaby.

Oliver added: “I won’t manage again. I set out to manage hebburn and I have done that. It’s a great club and people who know me know how hard it is to walk away, but I have no regrets.

“I have gave my all, supported by Davy Bell and Chris Thompson, who are fantastic people.

“I love the club – maybe too much – and wish them all the best.”