Dereham Town appoint former Fakenham Town boss Wayne Anderson as assistant manager to Neal Simmons

Wayne Anderson will be assistant to Neal Simmons at Dereham Town next season. Picture: Tony Miles

Wayne Anderson will be assistant to Neal Simmons at Dereham Town next season. Picture: Tony Miles - Credit: Archant

Dereham Town have announced their new management team, following the exit of long-serving boss Matt Henman.

Previous assistant boss Neal Simmons had already been confirmed as Henman's successor but the Magpies have now confirmed he will be assisted by former Fakenham Town manager Wayne Anderson, who left the Ghosts with a month of the season remaining.

They will be joined by former Swaffham Town defender and coach Matt Parkinson, who was manager of the club's reserves this season.

Dereham have issued a statement, which says: 'We are pleased to announce that Neal Simmons will be assisted by Wayne Anderson and the first team coach will be Matt Parkinson for the 17/18 season.

'We would like to welcome Wayne back to Dereham Town and congratulate Matt on his move up to the first team from the reserves.'

Henman has left Dereham after nine years at Aldiss Park, with the club firmly established in Ryman League Division One North, finishing 18th and staying clear of relegation trouble this season.

Simmons had taken charge of the team on occasions when Henman was busy with his role with Dereham Education and Soccer Academy (Desa) so was well placed to take on the role. He had been assistant for nine years and also played for the club for five seasons.

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Anderson previously had a spell in charge of the club's reserves but returned to Fakenham in January last year and kept the Ghosts clear of relegation trouble in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division in the past two campaigns, as well as taking them to the Norfolk Senior Cup final this season.

Parkinson was joint manager at Swaffham Town in 2015-16 but was replaced by Rob Taylor last summer after the Pedlars received a relegation reprieve and took over Dereham's reserves, who had a difficult season, finishing second from bottom in the Thurlow Nunn First Division.

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