Players and former players pay tribute to former Urchins boss McFarlane’s impact
PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:30 26 November 2018
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Players, former players, and staff from around the non-league scene have praised the efforts of former Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane following his departure.
The long-serving boss and former Urchins defender handed in his resignation after his side fell to a 3-1 defeat to Haringey Borough at Coles Park on Saturday.
But current squad members and former players have paid their respects to their former manager.
Club captain Nathan Cooper said: “A character that will never be replaced, a man who’s only done great things for his club.
“Sad news for the club but new chapter for AFC Hornchurch onwards and upwards.”
Goalkeeper Callum Chafer also tweeted: “I owe this man more than anyone else in the non league circuit for giving me my Ryman Premier debut as a teenager.
“A legend that will be greatly missed.”
While, former players Brad Warner, Martin Tuohy and Billy Coyne also heaped praise on McFarlane.
“Sad news this. Jim is a great manager but even more so, a phenomenal man,” Warner said.
“Nothing but love and respect for him. All the best Jimmy Mac.”
Tuohy tweeted: “Sad to see this but sure won’t be long before back involved in football one way or another.
“What a top man and a pleasure to play for.”
“What a man, both on and off the pitch,” Coyne said.
“Was almost a second dad to me.”