CB HOUNSLOW United chairman Frank James wielded the axe this week sacking his entire first team.
The supremo of the Tentelow Lane-Based club finally lost patience with divisions, unpaid memberships and disciplinary fines being stacked up by disinterested players.
James and previous first team boss Roy Wright (pictured) persuaded former CB coaching favourite Neil Cummings to take the helm and bring in 18 new faces to start the first team from scratch.
Wright has moved upstairs to director of football, while the other members of his former coaching staff have left the club.
Early indications are the move has breathed new life into the step six outfit as Cummings’ first game in charge saw them pick up their first point of the year in a 2-2 draw at Westfield on Saturday.
James knows he has taken a drastic step but insisted the deteriorating situation left him no alternative.
He said: “I had about six or seven first team players out of 19 turning up to training, with half wanting to play for one half of the management team and one half for the other.
“There were also unpaid membership fees and disciplinary fines of over £1,000 unpaid, so we had to be ruthless.
“Neil (Cummings) came to chat to us a couple of weeks ago and Roy (Wright) said to him if you can find the players you can have the team, and since then he has brought 18 new faces in.
“People say it is about winning football matches, but it isn’t. It is about building a future for CB Hounslow, and I couldn’t let players in our other 12 teams watch a first team which didn’t train, pay membership or even buy a club uniform.
“We just can’t have splits because CB wasn’t built like that.”
It took Cummings and company less than a minute to make a good first impression at Westfield as Peter Martin finished a crisp passing move.
Their hosts were level seven minutes later and it looked like a losing start when Westfield took the lead after the break.
However, Andre Bennett’s shot across the keeper to the far corner with a quarter of an hour left meant the brave new world started with a point.