Belfast Telegraph

Kincaid’s reasons for jumping Ards ship

By Frank Brownlow

Tommy Kincaid last night underlined his desire to get back into football after his shock decision to call it a day at Ards.

Kincaid was unhappy about various aspects of the running of the club and walked out last week 48 hours before the opening Championship clash against Ballymoney United, Justin McBride taking caretaker charge.

Kincaid’s resignation was accepted at a Board meeting this week.

“It has been said that I resigned because Darren Armour left the club and trialist Mark Dickson opted for Premier Division football with Donegal Celtic.

“What manager at our level wouldn’t be unhappy about losing players of that quality but that’s not the reason I left the club.

“There were things going on in pre-season behind the scenes that I wasn’t happy about. Off the pitch we had not moved on in the few years I was there,” said Kincaid.

He continued: “The Directors at the club know how committed I was to Ards and I leave with a clear conscience.

“I was trying to make Ards as professional a club as possible.

“I had two roles at Ards — as first team manager overseeing the football side of things, something I feel was successful, and also as a member of the Ards FC fundraising committee, which raised over £8000 last season.

“This second aspect was significant as I was told that if that money had not been raised the club could have faced closure.”

But despite his disappointment at how things have turned out at Ards, Kincaid was quick quick to offer the club his best wishes for the future.

“I would like to thank everyone at Ards FC — the supporters, board, backroom staff and especially the players. I wish everyone at Ards FC good luck for the future and thank them for their support during my time as manager

“I have learned that you never know what the future will bring in sport and I hope to get back into football as quickly as possible.

“I wish this was with Ards but this has been taken out of my hands. I hope people inside football know the qualities that I bring to a club,” added Kincaid, an experienced boss who shouldn't be out of football for long.

The Ards Board, in a statement, said: “All of the directors would like to thank Tommy for his contribution to Ards Football Club since his appointment four and a half years ago.“

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