Hampton & Richmond Borough boss Alan Devonshire has admits he is considering his future at the Beveree following the shock departure of non-executive chairman and close friend David Cole last week.

Major backer and first-team shirt sponsor Cole was asked to leave Station Road on Friday by the club's two majority shareholders after his firm MEM Retail Marketing went into liquidation last week.

If follows the recent departures of company secretary Nick Hornsey, director Bob Hayes and press secretary Les Rance, and mars a great start to the club's debut Blue Square South season under Devonshire.

The former West Ham United and England winger had seen Cole largely bankroll the club's rise from Ryman League Premier Division, raising fears the manager could soon quit a club in turmoil.

And the 51-year-old, who saw his side scrape a 1-1 draw with former club Maidenhead United thanks to Lawrence Yaku's sixth goal in four games, is remaining tight-lipped over his next move.

"It is fair to say I am considering things at the moment. I have got to work things out in my own mind. It is not my position to comment on what has gone on this week," he said.

Devonshire conceded Cole's departure had had an effect on Saturday's match, which saw a very flat performance from the Beavers.

But the draw means Hampton have lost only three of their opening 10 games to sit comfortably in mid-table when most commentators had tipped them to struggle.

Francis Quarm failed a late fitness test ahead of the match and, with Alan Inns struggling with a hip problem in midfield, it was no surprise when United dominated the second half and almost secured the three points.

Inns begins a three-match suspension this weekend, meaning he - along with Kelvin McIntosh - misses Saturday's FA Cup second qualifying round clash with Braintree Town.

And Devonshire is hoping his side can put the adversity behind them and add a glamorous cup run to the side's long list of accolades.

"We have achieved most things in football at our level, but we have never had a good run in the FA Cup," he added.

"We won the league, but have never been given the credit I think we deserve. An FA Cup run may change that."