AN "I'm quitting" warning from boss Graham Westley has rocked Farnborough Town Football Club as it prepares for the biggest game in its history.

Westley's announcement has stunned the club's 6,100 fans, who will be cheering on the team when it takes on FA Cup holders Arsenal at Highbury on Saturday.

They thought the money-spinning fourth round tie would be the springboard for the club to become a force to be reckoned with.

But the 34-year-old owner and manager's statement that he intends to be off at the end of the season has put a damper on the excitement of the cup build-up.

To rub salt into the wound, Westley has also said that this is the last season the Conference club will be sponsored by his company, the Aimita Corporation.

When Westley took over the club in 2001-02, rescuing it from bankruptcy, he said he intended to take it into the Premiership within nine years.


But he has become disillusioned for what he regards as a lack of support locally for his ambitions.

"Farnborough and me may not be able to progress along the same track," he is quoted as saying. "I will find another vehicle to achieve my ambition."

Meanwhile Westley has taken the team to La Manga, a top Spanish training camp, to prepare for Saturday's sell-out match against mighty Arsenal.

He is determined to make sure that, even though it is "Mission Impossible", the players will give a good account of themselves as they play in front of 38,500 spectators.

Their giant-killing opportunity disappeared when Westley agreed to switch the match from Cherrywood Road to the home of last season's double winners.

The also club lost out on live television coverage, but football pundits estimate it could still make about £500,000 from the game.

Club secretary Vince Williams declined to comment on Westley's probable departure.