COBH RAMBLERS manager Stephen Henderson has described how he and his wife Lesley have received hate mail seemingly because of their roles in the running of the club.
In what was an astonishing interview on Red FM’s Big Red Bench that was broadcast on Sunday evening, Henderson outlined the scale of the criticism that he and Lesley have received, despite the work they have done to get the club away from the brink of going out of League Of Ireland football.
“This year I am trying to take a step back. I have really got back into the training of the team and coaching.
“The club is the most important thing.
"There was a lot of anger directed towards us, myself or my wife for whatever reason.
“We’ve received hate mail, we’ve received photographs to the house and stuff like that.
"It’s not fair on Lesley, it is not fair on me. It’s only a small amount of people that are doing it, but it is still hurtful.
“The word dictatorship was bandied around there at one stage, I nearly fell off the chair. I beg people to come into Cobh Ramblers and help us.
“Come in, sit down. Anything you can do to help us, help us.
"It is a funny sort of dictatorship when you are begging people to come in and help.
“We’ve went into a club that was basically on the verge of closing down.
"We’ve come from that, all the people on that committee, all came together to try to save that club.
“I think we have done that really well. We’ve changed the face of the club, we’ve kept our debts and are tax compliant.
"We’ve done all this and yet we get a serious amount of criticism for it.
“We went into the club quarter of a million in debt and we have been an integral part of trying to remove that debt, trying to keep the club stable and trying to sustain football on the pitch for the club.”
When asked to comment on the situation regarding Craig Donnellan and Ian Mylod, both of whom were released by Ramblers ahead of the new season and took to social media to take aim at the way they were told their services were longer required, Henderson added:
“They said what they had to say and got the response that they wanted to get.
"They move on and whatever club they’ll go to they will make stronger.
“But I can’t comment on it because for me to do that, then I am going to have to get into a situation where I have to start explaining things.
"That probably won’t look too well on them either.”