Alun Rossiter is the first casualty of the Mick Horton reign at Brandon, writes Alan Goodman.
The Bees team manager and joint promoter issued issued the following statement: “I feel I have been placed in an impossible position, and I have had to take this decision for both myself and my family.
“It has been a true roller-coaster, but we have brought in some exciting talent and what we achieved in 2010 will always be close to my heart.”
Rossiter was in charge of Bees in their title-winning season of 2010 but winter problems with the governing body led to a traumatic 2011 which saw Bees miss out on a play-off position.
He also brought in a number of Eastern European riders. These have been exciting riders but their commitment to Bees has been questionable at the least.
It also seems now that Emil Sayfutdinov will not be back next year. It looks as if Bees will run with a septet of their own assets in 2012. Scott Nicholls is the latest rider to sign for next year.
With Chris Harris already signed Bees have the British numbers one and two back in harness. With Edward Kennett rumoured to be returning it is obvious Bees are looking for stability.