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Perfect time for Bourne bosses to relinquish their roles

Outgoing Bourne bosses Jimmy McDonnell and Phil Gadsby both believe the time was right for them to relinquish their roles at the Abbey Lawn.

The joint managerial team resigned from their positions with the United Counties League Division One club at the weekend after a successful season at the helm.

They led the Wakes to a 10th place finish in their inaugural campaign as co-bosses and also enjoyed an excellent run in the FA Vase this season.

McDonnell said: "It's the perfect time for someone else to come in and move the club forward.

"We are leaving the club in a really good position with a hard-working committee and a good, talented young squad.

"It's a great opportunity for a new manager to come in, add a couple of new faces and take the club onto the next level.

"It's the right call for me and Phil to make. It's not the end, it's just the beginning for someone else to take it forward."

McDonnell had been in sole charge at the Abbey Lawn until he was joined by Gadsby at the start of the last campaign.

Former Blackstones boss Gadsby felt that he wasn't able to fully commit to the role for next season.

He commented: "It's been a pleasure to have been involved with the club, but I don't feel I'd be able to give the role the attention it requires next season so, in the best interests of the club, I decided to step down.

"There's no ulterior motive because if I could commit 100 per cent then I'd have loved to have carried on with the club.

"There's an opportunity now to take Bourne forward and I'm sure that whoever comes in next will be able to push the club on to that next level because they will inherit a great group of players and a committee that support you 100 per cent."

The Wakes are currently inviting applications for the vacant role.

A club statement said: "Bourne Town FC would like to announce that first team joint managers Jimmy McDonnell and Phil Gadsby have decided not to continue next season.

"All at Bourne Town FC would like thank them for everything they have done for the club and wish them all the best for the future.

"Bourne Town FC would like to ask anybody with an interest in taking on the first team to make their interest known to club secretary Tony Hull at tonyhull2@hotmail.com ."

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