Well I have to say relief in the end and certainly an element of pride for myself and everyone involved with the club.
Make no mistake had the club stayed in the position it was, with the team it had, then be it one club relegated or two Penzance AFC would be in the Combination league.
The side was adrift at the bottom of the table behind Vospers Oak Villa. According to everyone it was when not if Penzance Football Club would be relegated.
I accept the fact in the end only one team was to be relegated and that was a massive help. But this side, this club and its supporters have shown a real determination and unity which got us to not just catch Vospers but leapfrog them by a number of points and secure our safety.
When I stepped into the job we had a side with no confidence, a club that had lost its way and a supporter base that had been starved of anything to cheer.
It was always to be the case that changes was needed and that the axe would need to fall on players. But thats the nature of the game. Its never nice but its the job. Some players came to me asking to leave due to the lack of playing time and Ive always said Id never stop people wanting to play football if that meant leaving. But results picked up straight away and I dont regret any decision made.
Ive heard alot about players showing no loyalty to their previous clubs........3 years and an abundance of trophies for me shows great loyalty, especially in this day in age.
Maybe a bit more class and thanking these players for all they had done would have been a more appropriate thing to do.
But thats not my problem.
We had to bring in quality players or the club would have gone. You show me any other club that wouldnt have done the same given our position if they had any ambition at all.
We survived, our choices were correct and we can now build and thats already begun.
Ron Vercesi has decided to step down from the assistant manager role as he has an operation around the corner and is busy with work. Id like to thank Ron for everything he has contributed to a fantastic 2nd half of the season. Rons worth ethic has been outstanding and he lives football. Without Ron as my number 2 things may have been different. His work sometimes went unnoticed to some, it never did with me. So thank you Ron.
So as one door closed another opened.
Today I finally got Steve "fraggles" Allen in as my new number 2. Steve has a wealth of experience and having won the Senior Cup and South Western League with Truro City, he is the ideal man to replace Ron.
Myself and Steve have worked together before so we already know each others way of doing things.
I was constantly reminded by Terry Burgess our Chairman and the rest of the committee that should we go down it would have been no fault of my own. But thats not how myself or the players brought in saw things. It would have been a disaster had this great club gone down so my next thank you goes to all the players that signed and remained. What people don't know is that Penzance Football Club is actually a lot of these players home town club. They actually answered an SOS for this club.
I thank them all.
Thank you to Terry Burgess and the committee who have been right behind me, Ron and the players from day 1. Long may that continue.
Thankyou to all the volunteers who do so much behind the scenes. It doesn't go unnoticed by me.
Finally id like to say a personal thank you to each and everyone of our supporters. You have been outstanding from the day I came in. I hope we gave you a bit to cheer about. Im sure you enjoyed the first derby win in over 4 years!!!! I speak for all the players in wishing you a happy off season. Rest up, we go again soon.
So as the players enjoy their off season, sun it up, drink and eat plenty and rightly so, myself and Steve will be working tirelessly in assuring we never have the situation of this season again.
The pre season will get the boys back in shape.
I have already held positive talks with players and I can assure you a dedicated team on and off the field for the 2017/18 season.
I look forward to seeing you all during pre season and for the coming season.
For the last time this season
C O Y M