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Deeping Rangers manager Daniel French has stepped down from the helm of the United Counties League club



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Departing Deeping boss Daniel French feels everything is in place for the United Counties League club to continue their progress after ending his tenure this week.

French stepped down from the helm of the Premier Division club after leading the Clarets to a fifth place finish last season.

The former Peterborough United winger is launching a new business venture with ex-Stamford player Robert Hughes.

Deeping manager Daniel French (57499199)
Deeping manager Daniel French (57499199)

The duo are opening the ABLE (Achieve, Better, Lifestyle and Enjoy) Fitness gym in Peterborough and the time constraints involved forced French to call time on his spell at the helm at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.

He explained: "Opening the gym was always going to be our next step but we thought that it might be a few years down the line.

"Sometimes things fall into place for you though and an opportunity comes along and we felt everything was falling into place for a reason.

"We will be running the gym together and everything that we do will be 50-50 and I wouldn't want to jeopardise something that will hopefully set us up for the future by not putting enough time into it.

"I am disappointed to leave from a football point of view after how well we ended up doing last season.

"Every single player had agreed to come back and we were due to start pre-season training on Saturday so everything was in place to go again and kick on.

"The club's in a really positive place with its whole structure and progression and how well all of the senior teams did last season.

"I am gutted to be walking away but, on the flip side, I know that it is the right decision.

"I haven't been sitting here questioning it because I know it's the right decision to make for our new venture. I need to be fully invested time-wise in that."

French had taken charge at the Clarets following a spell as joint boss with Lee Clarke at near neighbours Blackstones.

Clarke stepped down from his role with Rangers at the start of last season where Rangers finished in fifth place.

French added: "This isn't a case of someone stepping away because the team was struggling and players were leaving and you've got half a squad.

"The job is there for someone to come in and carry on the good work and add their own stamp to it. It just needs fine-tuning and not a massive overhaul.

"The whole structure of the club and the support which you get from the committee is fantastic and I haven't got anything but gratitude and appreciation for everything they did for me and I am sure they will do the same for whoever walks through the door.

"It's a great job and the stability of the club is a massive selling point. It's all in place and I did really enjoy it.

"I really enjoyed managing the group of lads which we had and seeing them develop, especially in the second half of last season.

"It was a massive credit to all of them to get from where we were at Christmas to where we finished the season.

"Everyone bought into what the club set out to do and there is a talented squad there to push into the top four this season.

"I just hope that I left it in a half-decent place for whoever does come in and take it on."

Deeping are now inviting applications for the position of first team manager.

Applications, in strictest confidence, should be sent to head of football Martin Bond via drfcfootball@gmail.com and need to be submitted by 7pm on Sunday and should include a CV of managerial experiences.



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