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Andy Legg on why he quit Llanelli: I really didn't have a choice

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

By Stephen Ware

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ANDY Legg insists he did not want to quit crisis club Llanelli — but was left with no choice.

The Reds manager told the players he was resigning before Sunday's 6-1 home hammering by Connah's Quay.

That came after he claims promises made in a meeting with chairman Nitin Parekh last week were broken.

Llanelli have struggled under the cloud of financial instability all season.

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Staff have regularly gone without wages and were owed money before they were not paid for October.

Assistant Steve Jenkins and players Martyn Giles and Mamadou Diallo have followed Legg through the Stebonheath Park exit door, while coach Gary Lloyd is also considering his position.

Legg has been close to walking away from the stricken Reds several times over the past few months.

But last week proved to be the final straw.

"It was nothing to do with Sunday's result," said Legg.

"I told the players before then I had already made my mind up.

"It's down to ongoing things. We can't do our jobs — our hands are tied.

"I'm dealing with situations I shouldn't be dealing with.

"I stuck with the players because they wanted me to be there, but there are so many false promises I can't continue."

Legg and Jenkins drove to Oxford to meet Parekh last week when the chairman reassured them about the future.

But it is believed he failed to meet deadlines to pay players agreed in those talks.

That is understood to have happened several times this season.

"We were given promises and assurances on what was going to happen, but they never materialised," said Legg.

"Things are not getting any better.

"I can't continue because it's affecting my family life.

"It's affecting me as a person.

"I want to talk about football, not wages and money."

It has been revealed that the club will face a second winding-up petition of the season in London's High Court.

They have also been threatened with eviction from their Stebonheath Park home unless outstanding rent owed to landlords Llanelli Town Council is paid within 28 days.

Financial constraints have also prevented them from training.

"To only train once in the last nine or ten weeks has really hurt us," said Legg.

"You can't do that and expect to get away with it.

"If we fail we like to fail because it's our fault.

"I've had so many excuses but we've got to train. Our heads have gone.

"We're dealing with everything at the moment. I haven't had a phone call about football for months."

Legg was promoted from player to manager at the end of April 2009 following the shock dismissal of Peter Nicholas.

He has led the club to Europe in each of his four seasons in charge and also

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