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King’s Lynn Town reveal managerial appointments

PUBLISHED: 09:28 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:28 27 September 2018

It's official! King's Lynn Town's management duo, Robbie Back, left, and Neil Fryatt Picture: Ian Burt

It's official! King's Lynn Town's management duo, Robbie Back, left, and Neil Fryatt Picture: Ian Burt

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Robbie Back and Neil Fryatt are to continue in their roles as joint managers of King’s Lynn Town.

Robbie Back with Ryan Hawkins before the big FA Cup replay win at Histon Picture: Ian BurtRobbie Back with Ryan Hawkins before the big FA Cup replay win at Histon Picture: Ian Burt

The Linnets announced this morning that the pair will work on a monthly rolling contract whilst carrying on with their existing roles at the club.

Back and Fryatt took over following the departure of Simon Clark following the Linnets’ home FA Cup draw with Histon on September 8. Back continues as club development officer and Fryatt as youth team manager.

The pair led the team for the cup replay, when the Linnets thumped Histon 7-0, following up with a 2-2 league draw at Halesowen and a 3-1 home win over Stafford Rangers, also in the FA Cup, at the weekend.

Club chairman Stephen Cleeve had insisted he would not be rushed into a decision and clearly believes the ‘insider knowledge’ of Back and Fryatt has already proved its worth.

“I have taken my time with this decision and thought about the situation very deeply ever since I removed Simon Clark from his role as manager,” Cleeve told the club’s official web site.

“I have also taken advice from people within the football world locally and nationally as well as seeking the opinions of some of the senior club officials we have here at The Walks.

“I had no hesitation turning to both Rob and Neil initially when we needed some breathing space and stability following Simon’s dismissal and I now have had absolutely no hesitation in making their tenure of the job a more permanent one.

“Following the home draw with Histon the team were on the seat of their pants, but since then we have seen a tremendous display of attacking football at Histon in that cup replay, a dogged, determined point collected at Halesowen and an assured team performance to earn another cup win last weekend.

“In their short spell in charge they have transformed the team back to the one we all enjoyed watching last season and at the same time put the smile back on the faces of our supporters who were understandably upset and disappointed with our early season performances. Both are proud local men who have blue and gold passing through their veins and at this particular moment I see no better men for the job. We still have much to do in the league beginning with what will be a tough fixture with Banbury United this Saturday.

“Neither they nor me have any illusion as to the difficult task that is in front of us but I now believe we have the correct men in place to stabilise the ship and move us forward as the season unfolds.

“Finally I would like to thank the supporters for their patience whilst I made this decision. I would now urge you to get fully behind Neil, Rob and the team as we enter a very important set of fixtures.”

Back added: “Firstly, both myself and Neil wish to thank Stephen for giving us the opportunity to manage this wonderful club. I would have laughed at you if you had said six weeks ago that come October you would be managing King’s Lynn Town but now we are and it goes to show how unpredictable football can be.

“Neil and myself will just continue to do what we have been doing over the past few weeks and will change nothing. We will make the decisions together as we have before, there’s no me or him about us, it really is a joint partnership.

“There are parts of the job that Neil doesn’t like that I do and the other way round. We have known each other for many years now and the chance to manage our local team was just too good an opportunity to decline.

“We have been involved at the club for many years now in various roles and at present we will continue in our other roles which we currently hold. We both know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us to climb the league but we are blessed here with a truly talented squad who want to do well and achieve success.

“The supporters have to date been great and I would like to thank them for their kind messages since we have been in charge. There will be some difficult times ahead but we will be striving to give you the team and results your excellent backing deserves.

“Now we must prepare for the challenges ahead, beginning with the visit of Banbury this weekend.”

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