Eastbourne part company with Lee Bradbury amid cash flow struggles

Eastbourne Borough have parted company with manager Lee Bradbury as the club release a statement about cash flow issues.

Bradbury had a seven year stint at Havant and Waterlooville before joining the Sports in May, but with the Sussex club languishing in the bottom half of the National League South and with short term financial issues, both parties have agreed to this decision for the short term benefit of the club.

Eastbourne’s board have asked fans for donations to keep the club running over the next couple of months.

Interim board chairman David Blackmore told the clubs website: “This is the tightest financial situation the club has faced, possibly ever, and certainly since the League’s ill-fated Setanta sponsorship deal a decade ago. All we need is for supporters and sponsors to turn that goodwill into tangible support.

“We are this week making savings to the playing and managerial budgets, but the simple reality is that to keep the core of the current playing squad together, we urgently need to build that bridge through to Christmas. December and January are usually good months for the club’s cash-flow.

“It is no secret that a major investor withdrew his promised financial support for the club, just a few weeks after Lee and his assistant Shaun Gale were appointed and their budget fixed – at a level designed to compete in the top half of the table.”

Lee Bradbury joined Eastbourne in May 2019. Photo: Henry Deacon

Bradbury leaves Eastbourne with the club 16th in The National League South having picked up 14 points from 13 games.

The lack of investment and financial trouble left the former Portsmouth striker with no other option but to leave the club.

In a statement, he said: “I would like to start by thanking everyone associated with Eastbourne Borough football club for the way they have treated me since day one of me joining this fantastic community club.

“I would like to put on record that I am disappointed that things didn’t come to fruition but the clarity the club have shown me over recent weeks has been great and I really hope the club finds the investor it needs to get out of financial trouble and become successful as it has so much potential.

“I part company with a heavy heart but also know it’s best for both parties. All the best for the future. Come on you Sports!”

Eastbourne have appointed club captain Sergio Torres in the role of temporary manager, whilst it is yet unclear as to what will happen to the position on a full time basis.