Wisbech Town appoint new manager and address questions about the club’s finances following turbulent week

Brett Whaley.

Brett Whaley. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Town have moved swiftly to appoint a new manager after Dick Creasey’s shock departure on Tuesday.

Brett Whaley, who has been manager at United Counties League side Yaxley for the past three years, has been installed in the hotseat.

Whaley, who led Yaxley to fourth last season, has also managed at March Town United and Ramsey Town, and been assistant manager at Deeping Rangers.

His first task will be to keep hold of his players - Tommy Treacher has become the sixth player to quit the Fenmen this summer, rejoining Holbeach United.

Mr Whaley said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to manage such a big club at this level. To be approached for the role has been a massive compliment and I can’t wait to get started.

“We have two months hard work now before the season starts and I’ll be doing everything I can to hit the ground running from the start of the season.”

Chairman Malcolm Clements said: “I’m really pleased to be welcoming Brett to the club, you only have to speak to the guy to know how approachable, passionate and enthusiastic he is. I really look forward to working with him as we prepare for next season.”

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The club has also released a statement to address concerns about the club’s financial status.

The statement says: “The last few days have been extremely hard for everyone involved at the club with recent events involving the first team, especially with the amount of work that was put in at the end of the season to stabilise the clubs finances and secure a reduced but reasonable budget for 2015/16.

“Upon joining the board in March 2015 the new members were quickly alerted to the fact that the club was suffering losses and were in financial trouble.

“We were very fortunate to be offered a secured loan to clear the debt from an anonymous benefactor outside of the board for which we are extremely grateful, we are in the process of setting up a payment plan to ensure it is paid back.

“The club was unable to maintain the budget of the previous season and after calculating the shortfall in income and outgoing the budget was reduced by 20 per cent but with FA Vase/Cup win bonus added in.

“This statement is published with the intent to reassure our supporters, players, volunteers, staff and shareholders that we are fully committed and doing what is absolutely necessary to ensure the club can move forward.

“We are working on initiatives along with other club members to improve finances which would in turn enable us to do more, however we remain firmly grounded and will not promise money that isn’t there.

“The board are very grateful for the work that has been put in by Dick, Melly, Spaff and all the players.

“Last season was very good on the pitch, a massive unbeaten run and only just missed out on a top two finish.

“Football is football, people have a change of heart and opportunities will come and go however we do wish everyone moving on very best wishes for the future and thank them for their time at the club.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contacted us with well wishes, offers of support and help over the past couple of days.”