I want Hornchurch progress says ex-manager McFarlane after resigning from his post

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 November 2018

Jimmy McFarlane embraces Hornchurch forward George Purcell after seeing his team promoted at Witham Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Jimmy McFarlane embraces Hornchurch forward George Purcell after seeing his team promoted at Witham Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Former Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says the Urchins faithful deserve the best and he couldn’t give them that right now.

The former defender decided to resign from his role after the club’s 3-1 defeat to Haringey Borough at the weekend.

And he insists he had to make that decision to help the club progress while he completes his recovery from a stroke he suffered in the early parts of 2018.

“I have never been one to mince my words,” McFarlane said.

“The reason – and I’ve been talking to Colin about this since we were still unbeaten, we chatted and chatted – is that after the stroke, although I’m recovering really well, I’m not functioning to my full capacity.

“I’m at 60 to 70 per cent with my eyes and my brain speed – which has never been the greatest – it’s more like a bike speed!

“My perception of things is not up to scratch or not what it should be and it’s been playing on my mind quite a lot.

“I just felt me as a person can only ever give 100 per cent and at the moment, I can’t give 100 per cent, but more importantly I can’t expect the club to stand still while I fully recover.

“I did it with Colin and the club’s best interests at heart.”

The start of his affiliation with the club began in the summer of 2006 when McBride took over as Urchins manager and made his good friend and Purfleet legend player-assistant.

McFarlane played 107 times between August 2006 and April 2009 before he hung up his boots.

After retiring from playing in April 2009, McFarlane focused on being assistant boss to McBride before taking over the reins in September that year, as McBride stepped down to concentrate on clearing the club’s debts.

He led the team to two play-off finals, earn promotion to Conference South and promotion back to Bostik Premier last term.

“I could have muddled through until the end of the season, but that’s not fair,” he added.

“The people of Hornchurch, the fans, supporters and the people that run the club are great people and they only deserve the best.

“At this moment in my life, I couldn’t give them that, so I had to make that heartbreaking decision.

“I have had to make big decisions throughout my life, but this is the hardest one I’ve ever had to make, as when you love something so much and you have to cut it out of your life – it is heart-wrenching, but it was for the best interest of the club.”

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