Terrors experiment ends as Sealey pulls out
Tooting & Mitcham’s turbulent season continued this week with Joe Sealey and Ronnie Johnson understood to have left the club.
The pair came in as chief executive and director in December as part of a consortium of investors and spoke of a seven-year master plan to get the Terrors into the Football League.
But, four months later, the club has been relegated to Ryman Division One South despite a change in manager and a complete overhaul of the playing squad.
Sealey and Johnson have not been to a game for more than two weeks and sources inside the club are preparing for life without them.
Bill Hill, chairman of the club, did not confirm any departure but said it would not put the club in danger financially.
“I am unsure they have gone but I think they have, I have not been getting any replies,” he said.
“The club is in a good financial position and there are plans being made for next season.”
Sealey and Johnson’s time at Tooting has been marred by rumours of meddling in team selection which led to former manager Mark Beard’s departure after he was told to get rid of long-serving players such as Jay Lovett, Jamie Byatt and Jason Henry as well as assistant Geoff Pitcher.
Other players came and went, including former Leeds United striker Leon Constantine who lasted one game.
Senior players were told earlier this month they were having their wages docked to £50 a week and many left to be replaced by players from the club’s academy.
The crisis culminated on Tuesday as striker Charlie Stimson had to play in goal against Wealdstone with Darren Behcet having left and young replacement Kieran Campbell, who helped Tooting to a 1-1 draw against Margate on Saturday, injured.
Stimson could not prevent a 6-0 defeat which took the Terrors’ league goals conceded tally past the 100 mark.
It was their 10th defeat in 11 games, leaving manager Kenny Brown’s future in doubt ahead of Saturday’s penultimate game at Hendon.