Former Great Yarmouth and Diss boss enjoying impressive start to life at Cromer Town

Mike Derbyshire during his team as manager of Great Yarmouth Town. Picture: Mike Derbyshire

Mike Derbyshire during his team as manager of Great Yarmouth Town. Picture: Mike Derbyshire - Credit: Nick Butcher

Mike Derbyshire is aiming to get his managerial career back on track at Almary Green Anglian Combination Premier Division side Cromer Town.

The former Great Yarmouth and Diss Town boss recently accepted an invitation to take over at Cabbell Park and has hit the ground running by overseeing a run of three successive wins. Derbyshire had been helping out Gorleston boss Richard Daniels in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division but had no hesitation in dropping down a couple of levels to take on a fresh challenge.

'I think Cromer Town is a club with a lot of potential,' he said.

'Their chairman Paul Jarvis got in touch and asked me if I wanted to get involved. I went along to watch a couple of games and was impressed by what I saw. Darren Terrington and Karl Horton were taking care of things but both of them are still playing and I think they wanted to concentrate on that, even though they have been doing a good job – it's certainly not a case of treading on anyone's toes.

'I've really enjoyed it so far – the lads have done well and we obviously want to finish as high up the table as possible. It may also be a case of bringing one or two new faces in because although there are plenty of good players here the squad isn't the biggest.

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'It will then be a case of sitting down at the end of season and seeing where we go from there. If I am still enjoying it – and the club are happy with the way things are going as well – then hopefully we can move forward together.'

Derbyshire is clearly enjoying his football again after the unhappy time at Diss which followed the controversial end of a successful spell in charge at Yarmouth.

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He was shown the door by the Tangerines in November, after barely nine months in charge, following a poor start to the season and is now happy to be back at the helm of a club.

'I enjoyed working at Gorleston after leaving Diss but in hindsight I probably jumped back into it a bit too soon because I think I needed a break,' he added.

'Cromer just seemed the right opportunity and I am delighted to be back in it now.'

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