Interview: Getting Poole Town back to the National South my only focus says Killick after Dorchester rumours

Poole Town boss Tom Killick is going nowhere, confirming his loyalty to the Dolphins by getting ahead of the internet hype machine.

Early social media reaction from some Dorchester fans to the sacking of manager Robbie Herrera saw calls for the Magpies to seek the services of Tatnam stalwart Tom Killick, who once lined up for Dorchester during the 90s.

Whilst there have been no concerete names linked to the opening at the Avenue, Killick quickly confirmed he had no intention of leaving his post at the Black Gold Stadium.

Over the years Killick has frequently been linked with former clubs Salisbury, Wimborne and Dorchester due to his track record with Poole, but after 17 years at Poole Killick is still happy to stay put.

Speaking to All Poole Aren’t We, Killick stated: “My ambition is to get into the Conference South, and my ambition is to get into the Conference South with Poole.

“I know that it is a big ask, but that’s what I’m striving for. That’s my focus.

“What can I say? I’ve got a huge affinity to Poole.

“I don’t really know what to say. The big thing is, even now, without sounding arrogant, I’d like to be in the Conference South. That’s what I’d like. Those were the two happiest seasons of my managerial career.”

Of course whenever there is a managerial opening, someone must lose their job – with Killick expressing sympathy for both Robbie Herrera and Kevin Hodges.

“It’s sort of how it is now,” Killick restarted. “It’s very difficult to comment. Without having the full knowledge in terms of the circumstances surrounding things, it’s best not to judge it.

“There could be all sorts of stuff going on behind the scenes, where players aren’t happy or things have happened, or things haven’t been very good from the club’s perspective, in terms of what the manager is doing.

“I know everyone says it is down to the results, which we know it is in the main, but people making the decisions are probably taking into account a lot of things, some of which we will never really know about.

“I didn’t know him, but I’m sad – when I met them, and spoke briefly, he seemed quite nice, a nice guy – same with the assistant [Kevin Hodges.]

“So, from that point of view you feel sorry for them, but the people at Dorchester would have made that decision based on the full facts, some things that I am not aware of, so it’s not really for me to comment one way or the other.”

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