Appleby quits, trio takes over in short term, and prospective managers told to get in their CVs

Steve Appleby current Wisbech Town manager

Steve Appleby current Wisbech Town manager - Credit: Archant

A TRIO of three former and current players are expected to take charge at Wisbech Town FC following the resignation last night of manager Steve Appleby.

Chairman Paul Brenchley and manager Steve Appleby before the first game of the 2010/2011 season and

Chairman Paul Brenchley and manager Steve Appleby before the first game of the 2010/2011 season and the first ever game at the new Wisbech Town fc ground the Tom Wood's Beer Fenland Stadium. Wisbech Town v St Andrews in a preliminary FA Cup game. - Credit: Archant

Chairman Barry Carter said applications are now open for the position of first team manager and anyone interested should send their football CV to carter.188@btinternet.com as soon as possible.

Wisbech Town manager Steve Appleby

Wisbech Town manager Steve Appleby - Credit: Archant

In the short-term, former player Darren Jimson will return to the club and join senior players Paul Cousins and Scott Johnson to run the team for Saturday’s trip to Huntingdon Town.

Wisbech Town manager Steve Appleby. Picture Brian Purdy

Wisbech Town manager Steve Appleby. Picture Brian Purdy - Credit: Archant

A club statement revealed that Appleby had tendered his resignation “after 1,282 days in charge of the club.”

Appleby, in a statement, said: “Unfortunately, I’ve decided to call it a day as manager of Wisbech Town F.C. It was an extremely difficult decision for me as I’ve found it an honour to manage the club and have enjoyed some successful times in my three and a half years here.”


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He said the decision was based “purely on me losing the hunger and motivation after the club declined to take promotion at the end of last season.

“I feel that perhaps during the summer I allowed my heart to rule my head and although some people may question the timing of my decision, it’s in no way related to the relatively poor start which the team has made to this season.”

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Appleby said he had “tried to be as loyal as I can and so have all the players and tried to give it a go but I feel that I’m genuinely not doing myself or the club justice and that’s one thing I’ll never do; I certainly wouldn’t be here just to “go through the motions”. “I’m a driven man – in football – and I want to do well and I hope you’ll all respect my decision. As I said, I have tried to be as loyal as I can but unfortunately if I don’t feel that I’m doing my job properly then it’s time to call it a day. As they say, all good things must come to an end”.

He said he had “thoroughly loved my time as both a player and manager at the club and I’m sure I’ll pop back from time to time to see how things are going.”

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