DEPARTING assistant Gerry Oldham felt Evesham United’s backroom staff “deserved more” amid claims the club has not contacted them since boss Paul Collicutt’s sacking.

Collicutt was axed last week after finishing seventh in Southern League Division One South with the departures of Oldham, coaches Mark Lockwood, Stuart Martyn and sports therapist Ally Major confirmed in a club statement later in the day.

The axe fell following a call made by nine committee members at a meeting on Monday with Oldham “disappointed” by the lack of acknowledgement since.

“I have had no contact from the club, nor has Mark, Ally or Stuart to my knowledge,” said Oldham.

“It was only afterwards when I thought ‘no one has been in touch with us’, that was disappointing because we worked hard whether they thought we had done a good job or not.

“A little phone call or thank you would have been nice. That’s not sour grapes, people make decisions and it happens in football and you move on.

“I am not disappointed so much for me. Things don’t worry me like that but people like Ally, Mark and Stuart, I thought they deserved more than that.

“The only contact I had was from Richard (Terry, secretary and committee member) a couple of days later but that was on a personal note. It was not representing the club.”

Oldham insisted he had no axe to grind over the decision though.

He said: “It is disappointing, it always is when someone loses a job but to be honest I am more gutted for Colly than I am for myself.

“It has hurt Colly more than me, it was his passion and he worked so hard for the club.

“I don’t take it personally, I am big and ugly enough to know people have to make these decisions. Whether it is the right decision only time will tell.

“We had a poor season, no mistake about it. We definitely underachieved but it was (down to) a combination of things on and off the pitch that were not right.

“It is not for me to say what they are. I felt things didn’t happen. Ultimately, it was on the pitch but other things were not great and that did not help us.

“I don’t want to sound bitter. We didn’t do what they expected us to so we have to be big enough to take it.”