Appleby quits after a week

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Steve Appleby has sensationally quit as joint-manager of Holbeach after just seven days.

Appleby last week agreed to join title-winning boss John Chand as joint manager following the resignation of Glen Maddison but yesterday he contacted the Spalding Guardian to say he has changed his mind.

Appleby, who won the UCL title in his only season as a player at Carter’s Park, said: “I was excited when I was asked to be joint-manager but I hold my hands up and admit it was a mistake.

“My decision has got nothing to do with John or Holbeach.

“It’s a great club and they have understood and respected my decision. Any non-league manager will tell you it’s a thankless task.

“It consumes you 100 per cent and, rather than give it two or three months and then quit, I’d rather be honest and admit I shouldn’t have agreed to return to management.”

Appleby has been away from management for eight months, having stepped down as Wisbech boss early in the season, and he admits he is unlikely to manage at this level again.

“I think that’s it for me as a non-league manager,” he admitted.

“The first 48 hours after returning were great and I had that buzz again, but it soon went away.

“I quickly realised how much I would miss doing the things I have been able to do since quitting Wisbech.

“With all the phone calls and texts, at all times whether it’s day or night, I soon realised how much I value my free time.

“I knew I had made the wrong decision to return to management and I felt it was better to admit to it now.

Chand will now look to bring someone in to either work with him as a joint-manager or as his assistant.

Club secretary Adam Kirk admitted Appleby’s decision came as a hammer blow, coming so soon after Maddison’s resignation.

He said: “It’s very disappointing as Steve has a wealth of experience and his player knowledge is very good.”