Gobsmacked Shearing is shown the exit door

Experienced manager Dave Shearing admitted he was lost for words after being told his services were no longer required at Steyning.

Shearing (pictured left) steered the struggling County League two side to safety after a run of games yielded 14 points from the last 21. Shearing was told by the committee after the club’s survival was confirmed following a 3-2 defeat against Mile Oak.

Shearing said, “I am gobsmacked and very disappointed to be honest. I enjoyed my time at Steyning and I thought I was going to be there for another season. I just did not see it coming.”

Shearing will stay to the end of the season after the players rallied to support their manager.

He added, “I want to get back into football as soon as possible. I have had a couple of offers already but I’m still open.

“I don’t care what I do: manager, assistant, kitman. I still have a lot to offer.”