From The Boardroom – Matt Smith

Club News

It is with regret that today I had to accept the resignation of assistant manager Jono Richardson. Jono has been nothing short of a revelation in his role at the club, I tried everything in my power to keep him but unfortunately he wanted to concentrate on playing next season, which at the age of 31 I do understand.

On behalf of the entire football club I would like to put on record our thanks to Jono and wish him all the best for the coming season.
Jono asked for the following statement to be released as part of his departure:

“To all at SUFC,

This is a message of thanks for all of your support during my time at the club. Every one of you have had a huge part to play in the success of this incredible club.

Today I have made a very tough decision to step down from my position and leave the club.

Over the past few months I have invested time in my own fitness which has given me a desire to go back and play. I’m 31 and wouldn’t want to regret stopping playing too early later on in life.

Matt, Ernie and I discussed many possibilities but I personally feel completing both roles of assistant manager and player is far too difficult to achieve the levels of performance both require to be successful.

The club are at an incredible stage with the support behind the scenes through Matt, Ernie and the whole coaching team, the club are in a superb position to now progress to the next level. Recruitment has been especially strong this summer which puts the team in a great position ready for the new season. All of this making my decision to leave a very hard one.

I am very confident knowing that by leaving at this stage with the squad assembled for the new season this team is only destined for a successful season.

I’m extremely proud of the progress that we’ve made during my time at the club. The professionalism is of a club much higher up the footballs pyramid and the hard work and investment behind the scenes allows this to happen.

Before I sign off, I want to express my thanks to Ernie for his loyalty and ambition. He has provided me an opportunity to progress into management and this being an experience where I have learnt a vast amount working so closely with him. A management position is non stop and Ernie’s experience, knowledge but also his want and desire to continue to achieve success is incredible.

I would like to place on record my thanks to the ongoing commitment of the coaching team. Their efforts to improve professional standards has been excellent and they are all extremely talented in their area. The coaching team we have developed ensures that no stone is left unturned in preparing the team.

Thank you to the players who have contributed and committed their time and energy during my time as assistant manager. We have created a great atmosphere and cohesion where I’m left with some great memories.

My thanks also goes to the huge number of volunteers and club officials that give up their precious time to support the progression of this great club. It’s not until you progress to management you realise how much work is required to run a football club successfully. Your commitment to your club is commendable. Without you all there isn’t a club!

Finally thank you to all the supporters. A club is nothing without supporters. Sheppey is unique for this across non-league football. You make the real difference and I can assure you that you’re appreciated by all. Continue to make Holm Park a tough place for opposing teams. Meeting you all after games in the bar has been a real highlight of mine, I will look forward to seeing you all soon.

Through the chairman’s support and investment in both the continued ground improvements and into the playing squad the future of Sheppey United is certainly very exciting.

You are all a credit to this fantastic club.

I wish you all the success and your results will certainly be the first one I’ll be looking for come 5pm on a Saturday.

Thank you for your support throughout my time at the club.

Look forward to seeing you all soon.


The club will be opening up applications for the assistant managers role in due course.

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