Blofield United stalwart Paul Warman decides to step down as manager
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Former manager Paddy Murphy will return to the dugout for Blofield United, following the resignation of Paul Warman.
Blofield currently sit 13th in the Premier Division of the Almary Green Anglian Combination, having taken four points from their opening five matches.
That led club stalwart Warman to offer his resignation ahead of today's Norfolk Senior Cup second round home clash with premier Division rivals Norwich Ceyms.
'At the monthly committee meeting on Monday, Blofield United regrettably accepted the resignation of Paul 'Sizz' Warman as first team manager,' read a statement published by the club on Thursday.
'Sizz has finished his 15-and-a-half-year association with the first team which saw him fill the role as player, captain, assistant player-manager, player-manager and manager.
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'His time with the first team has coincided with the most successful period in the club's history and his record of honours at Anglian Combination level whilst in those roles is to be respected.'
During his time with the club Warman contributed to lifting the Sterry Cup as Premier Division champions on four occasions, the last of which was in 2010.
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He also helped the club to reach the Murmmery Cup final on four occasions, two of which were wins, as well as win the Don Frost Cup in both 2010 and 2011.
In amongst the league successes was the unbeaten season of 2004/05, when Blofield won 26 of their 30 games and scored 81 goals in the process, as well as the treble in 2010 as joint manager with Paul Nash.
The statement concluded: 'More importantly, he has represented Blofield both on and off the field with class and dignity and is a big reason why many people travel across the county to follow the team every week. He was rewarded for his loyalty with the clubman of the year reward for 2016.
'He's a huge loss to the local grassroots game at this level but fortunately for the Beavers, after a short break, Sizz intends to remain on the committee and fulfil a different role away from first team duties.
'In a twist of fate, the man Sizz & Nashy had the courage to replace some seven years ago, Mr Blofield himself Paddy Murphy, has agreed to take charge in the interim period whilst a replacement is found. He will be ably assisted by Nick Budd and Neil Prior.'
Interested applicants for the role of first team manager can email secretary Steve Titchiner on firstname.lastname@example.org.