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Former Cromer Town boss Kemp fears for the club’s future

PUBLISHED: 08:54 28 December 2017

Cromer Town Football Club club chairman Jenna Bedwell. Picture: Ian Burt

Cromer Town Football Club club chairman Jenna Bedwell. Picture: Ian Burt

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Former Cromer Town manager Jordan Kemp admits he is worried about the club’s future after being unable to turn round their fortunes during a brief spell in charge.

Kemp took over during close season after a summer of turmoil behind the scenes that saw the Anglian Combination outfit come close to folding following a season to forget.

He was asked to put virtually a new side together to compete at a lower level - but the depressing run of defeats continued and he was recently shown the door.

The Crabs’ fortunes have rarely been at a lower ebb, with the recent 9-2 defeat at local rivals Sheringham completing a painful sequence that started at Hindringham (7-0) and continued at fellow strugglers Loddon (9-1) and at home to North Walsham (0-10).

“We did our best but it was a big challenge to say the least,” said Kemp, 25, who took it on in the company of assistant Danny Saunders.

“We did everything we could to try and get a squad together, using our contacts and even putting messages out on social media, and were able to start playing games, which was an achievement in itself as we didn’t have much of a pre-season.

“The problem was getting players to commit to training. The club has some good facilities but we often had just five or six players turning up and you can’t prepare for games properly like that.

“Having said that we started making some progress - we gave Hoveton Wherrymen a good game and only lost 3-1 to Attleborough, with their third goal coming right at the end, but it didn’t last.

“It got a bit dispiriting towards the end and the club got in touch and said my services were no longer required.

“It’s all a bit sad because a place the size of Cromer should have a successful football club. But to be honest I don’t think that will happen until there is a change behind the scenes.

“If it goes on the same way then I do really fear the club will fold before the end of the season because it can’t go on like this.”

Similar noises were being made at the end of last season after the club had finished bottom of the Anglian Combination Premier Division on zero points, with their one draw of the season having been cancelled out by the deduction of a point for failing to fulfil a fixture.

With a number of key officials announcing they would be calling it a day, and registered players in short supply, the future looked bleak until a new committee was sworn in at the club’s annual meeting at Cabbell Park on July 13, with Jenna Bedwell being elected chairman.

She confirmed there had been a change of management at Cabbell Park, with Bafode Carvalho taking over from Kemp, but was unavailable for further comment.

The Crabs are due to resume their league campaign on Saturday, January 6 when they host Kirkley and Pakefield Reserves.

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