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FOOTBALL: 'Perfect time to come in'

Phil Gadsby and Jimmy McDonnell
Phil Gadsby and Jimmy McDonnell

Outgoing bosses Jimmy McDonnell and Phil Gadsby both believe the time was right for them to relinquish their roles at Bourne Town.

The joint managerial team resigned from their positions with the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One club at the weekend after a successful season.

They led the Wakes to a 10th-place finish in their inaugural campaign as joint bosses and also enjoyed an excellent run in the FA Vase.

McDonnell said: "It's the perfect time for someone else to come in and move the club forward.

"We are leaving the club in a really good position with a hard-working committee and a good, talented young squad.

"It's a great opportunity for a new manager to come in, add a couple of new faces and take the club onto the next level.

"It's the right call for me and Phil to make. It's not the end, it's just the beginning for someone else to take it forward."

McDonnell had been in sole charge at the Abbey Lawn until he was joined by Gadsby last summer.

Former Blackstones boss Gadsby said: "It's been a pleasure to have been involved with the club, but I don't feel I'd be able to give the role the attention it requires next season so, in the best interests of the club, I decided to step down.

"There's no ulterior motive because if I could commit 100 per cent then I'd have loved to have carried on with the club.

"There's an opportunity now to take Bourne forward and I'm sure that whoever comes in next will be able to push the club on to that next level because they will inherit a great group of players and a committee that support you 100 per cent."

The Wakes are currently inviting applications for the vacant role to club secretary Tony Hull at tonyhull2@hotmail.com

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