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Cefn Druids' manager Steve O'Shaughnessy
refused to resign.
STEVE O'Shaughnessy admits his sacking as manager of NEWI Cefn Druids came "like a bolt out of the blue".
With just a couple of weeks of the season remaining, the Druids chief was dismissed after refusing to resign from the club.
Poor performances and lack of on-field discipline are believed to have been the reasons for O'Shaughnessy's dismissal but the departing manager hit back at the Wrexham club.
"Not a word had been said about the performances before so this came as a bolt out of the blue," he said.
"I know I can walk away with my head held high as the club is in a better position than when I arrived three seasons ago."
O'Shaughnessy, who was dismissed along with assistant Nicky Hughes despite last Saturday's 1-0 win at Barry Town, stressed he had been managing the team on a limited budget.
"I feel I've been doing the job with my hands tied behind my back as I've got the lowest budget in the league by far. I've been paying some players 20 a game," he said.
"But I've brought together a good, young squad who have been very loyal to the club. Most of the players have phoned me up and are gutted by what has happened."
O'Shaughnessy, ex-manager of Oswestry Town, defended the spate of red cards which he put down to the inexperience of the side.
"We've got a lot of young lads who are very naive but they will learn," he added.
20 April 2021
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