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Promotion and cup-winning manager to step down at the end of the season




Uppingham Town boss Paul O'Berg will be bowing out on a high after announcing his intention to leave the Peterborough League club at the end of the season.

O'Berg has enjoyed a terrific maiden campaign with the Tods Piece side who lifted the Leicestershire Intermediate Cup on Tuesday night.

Town have also secured second spot in Division One which should be enough to guarantee a return to the top flight of the Peterborough League.

They are also targeting a cup double after reaching the final of the Peterborough Challenge Cup where they face Division One rivals Eye United in May.

But O'Berg - who made 130 playing appearances for Scunthorpe United as a professional - believes the time is right for him to be stepping down at the end of the current campaign.

Paul O'Berg (front row, far left) celebrates with his Uppingham team after their cup final success on Tuesday night. (7625023)
Paul O'Berg (front row, far left) celebrates with his Uppingham team after their cup final success on Tuesday night. (7625023)

He said: "It's been good fun with all the boys and they've responded terrifically.

"But sometimes I think you can just hang around a bit too long so I just wanted to come on board and get some standards in place which the club and boys now need to follow.

"It was just a case of setting them on the right track hopefully and off they now go.

"I knew that as soon as we had secured promotion that it was the right time to let everyone know.

"I thought it was only fair to let the club and the players know well in advance so that everyone can get accustomed to it.

"There's been no drop-off from the players which is brilliant. The lads' attitudes have been brilliant and they've understood that.”

O’Berg took over at the start of the current campaign after Town had finished 10th last season in Division One.

A terrific turnaround of the club’s fortunes saw them clinch second place at the weekend after an unbeaten league and cup run which stretches back to the beginning of September.

O’Berg added: “I've played football for a lot of years at different levels and never thought I wanted to go into management. It never even crossed my mind.

"I could see that the club needed help though. I've been living in the town for 12 years and my son plays for them so I thought had to try and do something.

"My intention was maybe to have a couple of years, but then I just had a gut feeling in November and December that we were doing well and I could see we would be OK.

"It's been very rewarding and it's been good fun plus it keeps me fit as well because I can join in at training as well.

"None of the players will be leaving the club. I've already stressed that to them. Just because I'm walking doesn't mean anyone else does."

Town are back in Peterborough League action this weekend when they travel to face Crowland Town.



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