THE sacking of Northwich Vics manager Dino Maamria last week has been followed by a war of words between the club’s owner and the dismissed boss.
Maamria was relieved of his post after a three-week internal investigation was completed by Jim Rushe into matters surrounding the ex-boss’s suspension.
Vics officials are still staying tight lipped as to the reasons why Maamria was sacked while the 34-year-old Tunisian, who steered Vics away from the threat of relegation last season, is claiming unfair dismissal and is taking legal advice on whether he can sue the club.
Owner Rushe, who let Maamria go after a short meeting last Thursday, says he does not want to make the reasons behind the sacking public.
He said: “In light of how much Dino has had to say about the matter in the local Press, I don’t really want to get into an argument with him in the papers.
“Dino knows the reasons why we are not bringing him back and if he says he doesn’t know then that’s up to him. But if he does choose to take things further then the truth will come out. I would prefer to keep it is an internal matter at the moment.”
In the aftermath of Maamria’s exit, Mike Marsh will continue to take charge of first-team affairs for the foreseeable future in his current caretaker role.
Although Rushe is not looking to permanently fill the void left by Maamria, he is happy for Marsh to build on the seven points won from three games under his tenure.
He added: “It’s too early to say really. We are letting Mike take charge in the interim as I am not really looking for a manager at the moment.
“Mike is doing a good job so finding a replacement for Dino in the short-term is not really a priority.”
Following Maamria’s swift exit, Marsh has immediately put himself up for the post and has sent out a come-and-get-me message to Rushe.
He said: “I had a quick chat with Jim and I have said that I would like to take the post if it is offered. The ball is in Jim’s court now.”
Vics faced AFC Telford United last night in a re-arranged FA Cup fourth qualifying-round tie after Saturday’s electricity fault (see page 38) and they host Eastbourne Borough in the Blue Square Premier this Saturday (3pm).