Friday, May 23, 2014
The managerial merry-go-round has started in Norfolk’s semi-professional football scene.
Anglian Combination Premier Division Cromer Town this week appointed former Great Yarmouth Town interim Lee Hackleton – which ruled him out of the taking the latter’s full-time post.
That’s left Yarmouth likely to appoint a man who has yet to gain any managerial experience in the shape of Kirkley & Pakefield frontman Ricci Butler.
And over at Wroxham, manager Pawel Guziejko has left the club with immediate effect.
In his one season in charge the Yachtsmen struggled in their first campaign of Ryman League Division One North football, finishing third from bottom in the table.
They lost 30 of their 46 matches, while conceding 123 goals, and would have been relegated had a league reshuffle not handed them a late reprieve,
Wroxham issued a statement yesterday confirming the news which read: “The club would like to thank Pav for all his efforts and time in what has been a difficult period for Wroxham FC as a whole and we wish him all the best for the future.
“We would like to praise all his hard work in developing the younger players at the club, many of whom have progressed to a higher level and we hope will continue to do so.
“However, we believe that the time has come for a new direction from the club. We will be making no further comment at this time.”
Thurlow Nunn First Division Yarmouth, who play two levels below the Yachtsmen, also released a statement.
It said: “Great Yarmouth Town can confirm that Ricci Butler has been offered the position of first team manager.
“We would like to put on record our sincerest thanks to Lee Hackleton and Lee Henwood for all of their work and effort for the club and wish them much success with Cromer.
A full statement will be issued in the near future.”
Butler, a former frontman at Norwich United and Gorleston, would become the third man at the Wellesley helm this year. Mike Derbyshire was surprisingly sacked in February, Hackelton saw the season out but then pulled himself out of the running for full-time position.