Gibbard staying on as Coldstream manager

Coldstream manager Stephen Gibbard.
Coldstream manager Stephen Gibbard.

Coldstream have confirmed that Stephen Gibbard remains in place as manager and has the club’s backing, despite his “mistakes” over the weekend.

Follow a meeting on Monday night attended by Gibbard and the committee, the club issued a statement to clear up the confusion that emerged before Saturday’s match away to Civil Service Strollers.

Gibbard, who replaced Neil Oliver in November, is understood to have sent a message to players, coaches and the chairman late on Friday night announcing his resignation.

But at the match the next day, he apologised to the squad and admitted that he had made a mistake.

A statement issued by the club read: “Following a meeting between the committee and Stephen Gibbard, the club can confirm that he remains first-team manager. Stephen sent a message to the squad, coaching staff, chairman and committee members on Friday night stating that he was resigning.

“He later apologised and admitted that he had made a mistake, partly due to personal reasons. The club has accepted Stephen’s explanation and will continue to support him in his role as manager.”

Chairman Steve Wright added: “Stephen Gibbard made mistakes over the weekend and he has apologised for them. We now need to move on and concentrate on the business of finishing the season as strongly as we can.”

Coldstream are currently enjoying their best run of results of the season with three wins and a draw from their past four games.

Gibbard has bolstered the squad by signing ten players since his arrival.