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Holbeach United manager and assistant to leave club at the end of the season




Danny Hussey is to leave Holbeach United at the end of the season, confessing that he could no longer "give a great club the time and attention" it would need.

Hussey and assistant manager Rob Cole will step down after the Tigers' KitmanUK Knockout Cup final against Rothwell Corinthians on April 29, although the United Counties League Premier Division season may have to be extended due to a backlog of games.

Family and work commitments were identified by Hussey as the reasons behind his decision, one which he had been considering for "six to eight weeks".

Holbeach United manager Danny Hussey with assistant Tim Cole.Photo: SG-131119-073TW.
Holbeach United manager Danny Hussey with assistant Tim Cole.Photo: SG-131119-073TW.

Work commitments are also the factor behind Shaw's departure, with fellow assistant Tim Cole expected to play a leading role in finding Hussey's successor 15 months on from the former Tigers' defender taking charge of the club after Seb Hayes left in December 2018.

Hussey said: "I've been thinking about it for a while, with my work ever increasing and the strains on family life.

"If the games were just about the Saturdays, it'd be bliss.

"But it's not and I'm struggling with midweek games, all the organisation, sorting the teams out, coming home late and trying to fit in family time.

"I've been quite selfish only because I wanted to do well with my football.

"But I just thought: 'I can't carry on', with the possibility of me changing roles in my work and with my daughter's health as well.

"It's a decision I've been mulling over for six to eight weeks and having spoken to family and close friends, I said to Holbeach United: 'I'll see the season through' because I want to do my best for the club."

Danny Hussey during his first game in charge of Holbeach United against Wellingborough Town in January 2019.Photo: SG-120119-009TW.
Danny Hussey during his first game in charge of Holbeach United against Wellingborough Town in January 2019.Photo: SG-120119-009TW.

Since becoming Holbeach manager on January 9, 2019, Hussey has led his team to 34 wins out of his 59 games in charge.

The Tigers reached last season's KitmanUK Knockout Cup Final, losing 3-1 to 2018-19 Premier Division champions Daventry Town.

As well as a return visit to the final of the same competition, the Tigers also reached the Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy semi-finals this season, losing 2-1 at eventual runners-up Boston Town.

Hussey said: "I could have been selfish and carried on doing this job.

"But that's not fair and I'd have been cheating the players and fans of a great club that I just can't give the time and attention it needs.

"Holbeach is really close to my heart because I was born in Holbeach, raised in Holbeach and played for Holbeach from the age of seven or eight to the age of 16.

Holbeach United manager Danny Hussey (right) and assistant Tim Cole.Photo by Tim Wilson. (31510628)
Holbeach United manager Danny Hussey (right) and assistant Tim Cole.Photo by Tim Wilson. (31510628)

"The club has done well by me and so I've treated them in the right way too.

"There's nothing wrong with the club, the budget is right and it's in a good place.

"We want to carry on fighting against the big boys and what a great achievement it would be for me to go out with a cup win and a high finishing position in the league."

Club chairman Des Ford said: "Danny has done a cracking job and all we're hoping for now is continuity and the development of the club."


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