Abbott and Wyer to lead new adult Deeping side
An opportunity to help an ambitious club take the first step on their senior footballing journey has tempted Ian Abbott back into management.
Abbott stepped down as boss of Peterborough League Premier Division side Ketton last season after revealing a personal battle with mental health issues.
However, he insists his health is ‘in a better place now’ after his appointment as new joint first team manager of Deeping United.
Abbott has formed a management partnership with ex-Langtoft chief Mark Wyer at the Linchfield Road club who have also recruited Marcos Batchelor to their coaching team.
The senior side – who have applied to join the Peterborough League for the coming campaign – are the latest addition to United’s ranks after their formation last year.
They already have 20 teams under their club banner, ranging from Under 7s to veterans, with Abbott excited about his new challenge ahead.
He said: “It's a really good opportunity and one that I felt I couldn’t turn down. It's an exciting challenge.
“I learned a lot with Ketton last season. It gave me some valuable experience and I’m in a bit better place now health-wise.
“Deeping United has some really big plans and has got some important people in the background.
"Everything is in place and we can't wait to get going. The club is moving forward very quickly. There is a lot of good people on the committee and everything is going in the right direction.
"They use the facilities at the rugby club which has its own clubhouse so everything is set up and it's a challenge I wanted to take on.
"The club is very clued up and everything is done very professionally. We want to try and take the club as far as they can go and I can't wait to get started.
"We're starting off from scratch, but the club has ambitions to get as high as possible.
"It's our chance to make a good start to the club's history in senior football and be part of that first step on their journey.”
United’s chairman is former Deeping Rangers, Yaxley, Langtoft and Oakham United player Matt Holland.
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