Dozzell parts company with Leiston

FORMER Ipswich Town star Jason Dozzell has become the latest football managerial casualty.The 39-year-old has parted company with Ridgeons League side Leiston, who currently sit in seventh place with 22 points from 14 games in the Premier Division.

FORMER Ipswich Town star Jason Dozzell has become the latest football managerial casualty.

The 39-year-old has parted company with Ridgeons League side Leiston, who currently sit in seventh place with 22 points from 14 games in the Premier Division.

Dozzell, who took over as manager at Victory Road a year ago following the departure of Glenn Driver, declined to comment today on the reasons behind his leaving Leiston, although following the progress of his son, who trains with the Ipswich Academy Under-10 side, is believed to be connected to the move.

Andy Crisp, the Leiston chairman, said today: “We had a meeting between the club and the manager last night at which it was decided Jason had taken the club as far as he could.


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“Things have not been going as well as we would have liked as a club and Jason has got other commitments, particularly with his boy's football, and could not give the club enough time.

“We will be looking for a new manager to commit to our club full time and take us forward the way we wish to go.

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“We would like to wish Jason all the best for the future in whatever he does.”

Dozzell previously took over the reins as player-manager of Ipswich Wanderers in 2003 following a successful playing career that was launched in spectacular fashion when he came on as a substitute and scored for home-town club Ipswich Town against Coventry City in February 1984.

The Chantry High School pupil was aged just 16 years and 57 days at the time and became the youngest ever scorer in the top flight of English football - a record he still holds to this day.

Dozzell subsequently joined Tottenham Hotspur for £1.9m in August 1993 before briefly returning to Ipswich and then having spells with Northampton Town and Colchester United.

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