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Former Newcastle star Olivier Bernard denies suggesting he ‘doesn’t have time’ to run Durham City

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Olivier Bernard is BLASTED by followers at Durham Metropolis – the ‘worst group in England’ presently owned by the absent ex-Newcastle star – as his membership announce they’ve withdrawn from all competitions amid monetary turmoil behind the scenes

  • Durham Metropolis discover themselves in dire straits beneath absent proprietor Olivier Bernard
  • Bernard, who performed over 150 occasions for Newcastle, has overseen their decline
  • Durham have conceded a staggering 128 targets in 13 matches this season, scoring simply twice, whereas struggling alarming monetary points behind the scenes
  • They’ve now withdrawn from all competitions amid turmoil within the boardroom
  • Nevertheless, Bernard has vowed on social media to plot a ‘new path’ for Durham

Former Newcastle defender Olivier Bernard – the absent proprietor of ‘England’s worst soccer group’ Durham Metropolis – has been slammed on-line after the financially-stricken membership introduced they’ve withdrawn from all competitions.

Durham had conceded a staggering 128 targets in 13 matches, whereas scoring simply twice, within the Eleventh-tier Wearside league this season earlier than pulling out of league and cup competitions amid turmoil behind the scenes.

Having picked up one win since 2019, livid supporters have lengthy been calling for Bernard to half firm with the membership he took management of virtually a decade in the past.

The Frenchman, who remodeled 150 appearances in a five-year spell with Newcastle, vowed to make Durham ‘the most effective feeder golf equipment within the north east’ upon arrival in 2013, however 9 years on they discover themselves bankrupt, homeless and, in consequence, in dire straits.

To rub salt within the wounds, Bernard is quoted as saying by The Solar that he merely would not have the time or vitality to type out the mess, having left Australian Chris Tanner and his Zenith Sports activities and Occasion Administration firm in cost since December, whereas additionally claiming Durham are missing real followers.

‘I’ve obtained the ability to alter issues however do I’ve the time? No,’ he mentioned. ‘And the very last thing I wish to do is go right down to Durham — it is one other hour’s drive.

‘There aren’t any Durham Metropolis supporters. They’re now Spennymoor or Darlington followers.

Durham Metropolis presently discover themselves in dire straits beneath absent proprietor Olivier Bernard

Bernard, who made over 150 appearances for Newcastle, took the reins at Durham in 2013

Bernard, who remodeled 150 appearances for Newcastle, took the reins at Durham in 2013

‘They’ve by no means been supporters as a result of, for me, followers do not swap groups. You would not swap to Sunderland when you assist Newcastle.

‘It may very well be me immediately however tomorrow it may very well be another person. Both you’re keen on the membership or you do not and we do not have many lovers.’

Durham’s steep decline started after they failed to achieve promotion to the Nationwide League North in 2009-10 due to their synthetic pitch, which resulted in a lot of gamers and sponsors departing.

Quick ahead over 13 years and the membership now don’t have any everlasting house following a row with the homeowners of New Ferens Park in 2015 over failing to offer match officers with tea and low.

They now play matches eight miles from Durham in Houghton-le-Spring close to Sunderland, with a £2,400 debt racked up from groundshares with Consett and Willington are reportedly nonetheless but to be paid, and Tanner has been operating the membership from Sydney since December amid Bernard’s absence.

Nevertheless, that was earlier than the saga took a recent twist this week, with Durham’s Twitter account revealing they’ve formally withdrawn from all competitions whereas Tanner and Zenith have additionally departed.

The former Magpies star has denied saying he doesn't have the time to run Durham on Twitter

The previous Magpies star has denied saying he would not have the time to run Durham on Twitter

Bernard also revealed he is plotting a 'new direction' for the club despite their current woes

Bernard additionally revealed he’s plotting a ‘new path’ for the membership regardless of their present woes

‘It’s with unhappiness that we should announce that we’ve suggested @DurhamFA and the @WearsideLeague that we’ve withdrawn Durham Metropolis from all competitions efficient instantly,’ the assertion learn.

‘@Zenith_SEM has terminated its relationship with Olivier Bernard, senior administration have additionally resigned.’

Bernard then took to Twitter himself to disclaim admitting he would not have the time to run Durham in his interview with The Solar, saying: ‘Want to apologies for the twisted story you all been studying . Plenty of it’s taking out of context once more however I’m not stunned as everyone knows this Newspaper !’

‘As from immediately Chris Tanner and his Zenit group will now not be a part of the Durham metropolis soccer membership. I gives you extra data asap on the membership new path shortly.’

However the 43-year-old’s posts didn’t go down properly with followers who stay determined to see the again of their unpopular proprietor, significantly after their withdrawal from all competitions this season.

One replied: ‘Come on Oli- being an Ex-Newcastle participant will solely carry a lot favour. Do away with the club- pay the money owed and be remembered for being a footballer- not a failed proprietor.’

One other put: ‘Please promote to the followers. We have been by emough (sic) already. No extra experiments.’

A 3rd wrote: ‘What new path? Except & till you pay the high quality coming your approach there isn’t any path. All present gamers suspended till fines paid is the standard end result.’

A fourth mentioned: ‘Hope ya comfortable what a bathe of s***e you’ve got prompted. Unreal.’

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