Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale has today offered further clarity with regards the departure of Ben Robinson to Newmarket Town.
Speaking earlier today the City boss said "In recent days, the club became aware of an approach for Ben from Newmarket Town. This was not just to be a member of their squad. The move included a business opportunity working with Newmarket. Therefore, it was a new venture for Ben and it was one that he has decided to accept.
Disappointingly for Cambridge City, Ben gave every indication when I spoke to him that he would be remaining at City. This was as recent as Saturday evening after the match at Thame United. However, on Sunday evening it became apparent that Ben had a change of heart and wanted to go ahead with the move to Newmarket".
Nightingale added “I am disappointed to be losing Ben as he gave every intention that we was going to stay when I spoke to him on Saturday. That said, I understand the reasons why he wants to move as clearly this is a new opportunity for him and I wish him well with that. However, I also know that Ben has been one of our most consistent players in the last two years and I understand the level of frustration that fans will be feeling with news of his departure. However, they should be assured that I am working incredibly hard to fill the gaps in the squad and to improve on the group that we have”.
The City boss also wanted to comment on the recent departures. “It is evident to all that we have had a lot of comings and goings in recent times. However, I would like to assure supporters that I will only have players in the squad who want to play for City. Also, I would like it to be known that four of the players who have left recently have been offered opportunities where the money involved is simply over and above what we can afford. Whilst we have a competitive budget, there is a limit on what we can afford and we have to accept that when players move, money becomes a strong contributing factor”.
Nightingale also accepted that the team is currently in a difficult patch but added “The management team are doing everything they can to get things right. Those who were at the game at Thame on Saturday would have seen that we were very unlucky not to get something out of the match. Whilst I understand the frustrations of supporters, now is the time to stick together. Every team has a bad run and when the going gets tough we pull together and that is what we need to do. The City fans are a great bunch. They know I know that. I wish it to be known that the Chairman and the board of directors are working incredibly hard right now to secure the future of the club with the ground at Sawston and the work of the volunteers and the Trust is exceptional and we would be lost without it. There is still a lot to play for this season and my message is that we are all in this together and everyone behind the scenes including myself are determined to bring success to this football club”.
City are next in action on Saturday when they entertain Barton Rovers. Kick-off at Bridge Road is at 3:00pm.
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