GLENN Tamplin has confirmed that a potential takeover of Billericay Town is likely to fall through.

Tamplin stepped away from his role as owner of the National League South club yesterday.

And Tamplin has revealed he was in talks with an interested party before walking away.

In a statement, Tamplin said: “I had spoken to a potential business owner to takeover but, unfortunately, this is now not looking likely.

“I really hope from the bottom of my heart that this great club will continue and whoever the new custodian is will share the same passion and ambition I had when I first took over the club.

“I want to make it clear that I am asking for no money for the club despite what I have put in financially and just want to see the club continue.”

And Tamplin also confirmed abuse he received following Archie Tamplin’s step up to the first team was a key reason as to why he has left the Steel Team Stadium.

Tamplin added: “Over the last three years I have given my all to make this club the club it is today and the stadium and infrastructure I am leaving behind is up there with the best in this league.

“As is publicly known, I have suffered a huge amount of abuse and over the time I have been here I have learnt to ride it and ignore it.

“Now this abuse has turned to my family, including my 16-year-old son, enough is enough!

“All he has wanted was to prove through hard work and dedication he has earned his place in the squad and to see the abuse he has suffered online is heartbreaking.

“The abuse started following my decision to remove Harry (Wheeler) from his post as I couldn’t continue to pay the money I was paying for the return of the poor results and the style of play.

“What was the final nail in the coffin was that some of the abuse was by a small selection of Billericay supporters! None of this was his fault.”